MLC Polls, a wakeup call

  • Results reflect disappointment of graduates
  • Time to focus on Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: “Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao should treat the defeat of TRS nominee in the MLC elections from Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahbubnagar Graduates’ Constituency as a wakeup call and work towards course correction at the earliest to fare better in the forthcoming GHMC elections.

Stating this in a statement here on Friday, Konda Lakshma Reddy, Chairman of the Forum to Support KCR, said the MLC results was a pointer to the disappointment among the educated classes, especially in the metropolis, for not filling job vacancies as promised earlier. The pent up anger among the unemployed educated classes besides the apathy on the part of the concerned authorities to pay attention to the civic needs of the citizens definitely had a bearing on the MLC elections, the Forum felt.

Instead of crying over the spilt milk, the Forum felt the Chief Minister should now concentrate on ways and means to win over the confidence of the citizens, especially keeping in view the ensuing elections to GHMC and also the by-elections to the Sanathnagar Assembly seat.

Since the budget session of the State Legislature has come to an end, Lakshma Reddy suggested that the Chief Minister should now focus his attention on Hyderabad, not just concentrate on improving its brand image but also pay required attention to the civic needs of its citizens. In this regard, KCR should entrust responsibilities to his senior party leaders like Ministers T. Padma Rao and T. Srinivas Yadav, seniors like Teegala Krishna Reddy and others to assess various civic needs like maintenance and repairs to roads, drainage and sewerages, clearance of garbage for maintaining hygienic conditions and so on in all the Assembly segments under the GHMC limits and initiate immediate action, he suggested.

Reminding that the erstwhile governments received flak from the citizens for the hardships they encountered during summer due to power cuts, shortage of drinking water and choking and overflowing nalas and drainages, inundation of lanes and by-lanes during Monsoon season, the Forum felt that the State administration to concentrate on these aspects and plug all the loopholes and thus win over the confidence and admiration of the citizens.

The Forum reiterated that by concentrating on these day-to-day issues of the citizens and resolve them without any delay, the Chief Minister can confidently meet any challenge in any election in future.

Yerrabelli asks TRS to change style

Suggesting that the TRS leaders change their style of functioning, Telangana TDP leader Errabelli Dayakar Rao today observed that the people have taught a fitting lesson to the ruling party in MLC elections.

Speaking to the media at TDLP office here on Friday, Errabelli said TRS should ponder as its candidate in Nalgonda-Warangal-Khammam graduates constituency won the MLC seat on second preference votes while the BJP candidate N Ramchander Rao in Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Nalgonda graduates constituency registered victory against TRS candidate on first preference votes. The TRS catapulted to power and its members became ministers on the sacrifices of students, he added.

Errabelli also alleged that Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari did not participate in the Telangana agitation and the government has forgotten sacrifices of people, including students. “KCR and Harish Rao should at least now change their attitude”, he suggested. He also said the Assembly did not take a single issue of people’s importance for discussion. The Opposition has a right to express its displeasure and dissatisfaction in the House over the burning problems of the people, he added. (NSS)

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