WARANGAL:More than a fortnight after two CPI Maoists were gunned down by the police in the thick forests of Rangapuram village in Warangal district, which led to an outrage, IT and Panchayat Raj minister KT Rama Rao tried to cool down tempers, borrowing the words of his father and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, maintaining “Naxalite agenda is our agenda.”
Addressing a press conference in Warangal, the minister said that the government is committed to implement the socio-economic development schemes for backward areas in the state. “The State government is committed to the implementation of the socio-economic agenda. Naxalites’ agenda is our agenda. We have said it in the past and we stick to it even now. Our government is committed to the issues that are on the agenda of the Naxalites,” Rama Rao asserted.
The minister’s statement attains significance as the opposition and human rights activists have raised serious doubts over the ‘encounter’ theory floated by the police.
Two Maoist activists, identified as Sruthi alias Mahitha (23), a native of Waddepally in Hanamkonda and an engineering graduate, and Vidyasagar Reddy alias
Sagar (32), native of Dharmasagar mandal in Warangal district were killed in an ‘encounter’ on September 15.
Chief minister KCR had sympathised with the Maoists before the formation of the new state, claiming that “Naxalite agenda is out agenda”.
KT Rama Rao further pointed out that the chief minister had, during the Telanagna movement, said that he wanted to see a Telanagana without the sounds of gun fire. “We also wanted that there should be no spilling of blood, either of the police or the Naxalites, in Telangana state,’’ he said.
The minister alleged that the Union government was not extending adequate support to Telangana state.
Flaying the centre for not dividing the High Court despite protests and repeated requests by the MPs and the chief minister, he alleged that the Centre was showing empty hands to Telangana state.
Later, the minister unveiled a water grid pylon at Singarajupalli village in Athamkur manal of Parkal Assembly constituency.
Speaking on the occasion, KTR said that 3.5 TMC of water will be supplied to eight Assembly constituencies in Medak, Rangareddy, Nalgonda and Warangal districts under the water-grid scheme in one year.