Rahul Takes TPCC To Poll Mode

Rahul Gandhi’s direct and vitriolic attack on KCR and his family at his massive rally at Sangareddy on Thursday has set the squabbling Congress leaders in Telangana in an election mode.

Hyderabad: The blistering attack on TRS’ 3-year rule and its supremo K Chandrasekhara Rao by AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi at a well-attended public meeting at Sangareddy was a morale booster for the faction-ridden TPCC. With this meeting and  the scathing attack, Rahul has taken the state wing to the poll mode and also given the state government a warning that it cannot simply brush the century-old party off.

Rahul has deviated from his usual soft stance and made a focused attack which was aimed directly at KCR, who completes three years in office on June 2. The savage speech, perhaps keeping in mind that TRS would go alone in 2019 elections, came a week after BJP national president Amit Shah making a similar vitriolic attack.

Rahul targeted youth and students, who, according to survey reports, are the most dissatisfied lot on KCR’s rule. He knew pretty well that the students, who fought for the statehood and also laid down their lives, can revolt against the government in a big way. He has repeatedly used the word “family rule” and “reaping the harvest by four-members of a family”( viz KCR, KTR, Kavita and Harish Rao) thereby attacking the core group. Rahul’s pungent criticism that KCR is squandering the public money for personal pleasure and that the government is working for the interests of contractors and land mafia have gone down well into the masses, Sravan, the Congress leader who translated Rahul’s speech, felt.

But Rahul’s remark that Telangana has become a graveyard of farmers will spark a row and the TRS would certainly make it an issue.

It might be recalled that Rahul’s role was very vital in the run up to granting of statehood three years ago. Congress expected that it can tie up with TRS and seize power in the new state but KCR’s shrewd political game made them numb stuck and finally the party was reduced to sit in Opposition.  Understanding that KCR was a hard nut to crack, Congress has now decided to chart its own course and with BJP too flexing its muscles, a three-cornered contest seems inevitable in 2019- with TDP almost dead in the state.

Giving direction to TPCC right from the stage at Sangareddy, Rahul asked the state leadership to start an agitation ‘to realize the dreams of Telangana people’. He asked them to knock every door in the state and enquire their needs and give an assurance that Congress would provide them everything they dreamt and all they need. But will the TPCC,  with leaders pulling in different directions, stand united and come to his expectations?

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Rahul’s Tour is Political: Dattatreya

HYDERABAD: Lashing out at AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his Telangana visit, Union Labour and Employment Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya today accused the former of taking up a political voyage.

Addressing a press conference here, Dattatreya sought to know the Congress leader’s response on the suicides of farmers across the nation during UPA II regime.

The Congress party’s inefficiency provoked the suicides, and the UPA Government failed to address the grievances of the farmers, he alleged. The Congress leaders should abstain from political criticism and make constructive suggestions to the NDA Government at the Centre, he said.

However, we are not ready to tolerate meaningless comments of the Congress, Dattatreya said. Rahul Gandhi is a novice and lacks awareness and knowledge about anything, he charged. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was offering transparent governance and would address the daunting issues.

Dattatreya also remarked that for the cause of the workers the ESI corporation is offering the best medical services to 7.50 crore people in the country. When asked, Dattatreya said that Telangana Government was not ready to takeover Sanath Nagar Medical College. (NSS)

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Rahul Gandhi T Touris Purely Political: Pocharam

HYDERABAD: Telangana Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy today dubbed AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi ’s tour in Telangana as political.

Talking to media on Rahul’s tour in Nizamabad, his home district, the minister flayed the Congress vice-president for embarking on a political tour in Telangana, which will prove futile. He sought to know what the previous Congress-led UPA Government had done for the cause of the farmers across the country.

“ Rahul Gandhi should tell us what the previous Congress government did for the benefit of farmers in distress”, he demanded.

The minister has suggested Gandhi to raise his voice strongly in Lok Sabha to force the government to come to the rescue of the farmers. The TRS government was doing everything for the farmers, who suffered losses due to the recent unseasonal rains, he maintained.

He also claimed that the state government had passed a resolution to offer crop insurance by considering each farmer as a unit. Some 65,000 acres of farm lands were damaged due to the untimely rains, he said, adding they would ask the center to extend adequate compensation to the ailing farmers. (NSS)

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