Answer Telangana on steel, railway plants before visit: Revath to Modi

Revanth says Modi should answer queries on delay in implementing projects in state before seeking votes
Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy gestures while speaking during a roadshow in LB Nagar, Hyderabad, on Sunday
Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy gestures while speaking during a roadshow in LB Nagar, Hyderabad, on SundayPhoto | Express

HYDERABAD: Launching a barrage of attacks on the Union government, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Sunday asked why the Centre was yet to establish the Bayyaram steel plant or the railway coach factory at Kazipet, mandated under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi should seek votes in Telangana only after answering these questions,” he added.

He took part in a roadshow in LB Nagar and Malkajgiri. Addressing the gathering, he claimed that Modi insulted Telangana and asserted that the BJP had no right to seek votes in the state. “There is a need to boycott the BJP in Telangana,” the TPCC chief mentioned.

Alleging that the BJP would scrap reservations for SCs, STs and BCs upon being elected for the third time, Revanth asked the saffron party for the rationale behind such a decision. “When we ask why the Centre has done nothing for Telangana, BJP leaders start chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’. Even before the BJP was born or Modi became the prime minister, our forefathers celebrated Hanuman Jayanti, Rama Navami, Bonalu, Bathukamma and other festivals,” he remarked.

The chief minister accused the BJP of soliciting votes by invoking Lord Rama and firmly stated that while God belongs in the temple, faith should reside in the hearts of devotees. He alleged that Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy didn’t get even a single penny from the Union government.

Revanth also claimed that BJP’s Malkajgiri nominee Eatala Rajender didn’t do anything for the constituency when he was a state minister. “If the Modi government comes to power again, all the funds will be diverted to Gujarat,” the chief minister claimed.

In the last 10 years, the prime minister has not granted even a single IIIT, IIM or medical college to Telangana, he alleged, adding that the Centre didn’t give national status to the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme either.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said the state government will extend the Metro network from Nagole to the airport via LB Nagar and Chandrayangutta. He also shared that the state government plans to extend Metro rail from LB Nagar to Hayathnagar.

He promised to redevelop the Musi river, expand the Metro rail network and address drainage and drinking water issues. He remarked, “In the recent Assembly elections, the Congress failed to secure even a single seat under the Malkajgiri constituency. Consequently, there are no Congress MLAs to voice the concerns of the people to me. If [party nominee] Sunitha Mahender Reddy secures victory, she will bring public issues to my attention.”

Meanwhile, he criticised the BRS chief’s bus yatra, alleging that over the past decade, K Chandrasekhar Rao has neglected to visit the Secretariat and engage with the people. “Now, KCR is returning to public appearances to deceive and betray people once again,” he added.

Revanth highlighted that the state government has already spent Rs 1,369 crore for the free bus scheme for women.

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