The Sensation Called KCR
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is known for his sensational statements. Be it the decision to increase the quota for Muslims and tribals, or the fresh announcement to provide free fertilisers to farmers, every statement he makes create waves. His knack for tackling with people makes him one of the most charismatic leaders in the country.
After coming to power, KCR has developed and executed strategies to keep the masses on his side. He implemented loan waiver, which was his election promise, in four phases, and now he gave assurance to free fertilizers.
Both the promises, one related to quota and the other connected to the free supply of fertilizers, were made in a bid to keep these sections on their side. There are chances that the reservation issue might become contentious, as the BJP in the State is opposing it.
The Chief Minister has already made it clear that the reservations were not based on religion, but on the socio-economic backwardness of Muslims. He announced that a special session of TS Assembly would be held on April 16 to pass this legislation.
These announcements are luring, but how far can these promises be implemented is the question being posed by many. Such populist measures would only become a burden to the treasury, the analysts argue. They feel that though Telangana is a surplus State, there are many areas that are to be developed. They also remind KCR of the problems his government would face in fulfilling the election promise he made about loan waiver.
The present State budget is around a lakh crore, and implementing free supply of fertilizers requires huge funds. In this context, analysts say that implementing quota on one side and freebies to the farmers on the other would only push the government into financial crisis.
However, the announcement that the free fertilizer scheme was going to start from the next financial year only suggests that the eyes of KCR are set on 2019 elections.