- Telanganites had their doubts on the implementation of promises
- Except Mahalaxmi and free power up to 200 units to poor, the other assurances not very impressive
- Where are credible leaders like YSR or Siddaramaiah in Telangana Congress to implement the promises?
The six promises announced by senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at the huge Tukkuguda public meeting are being discussed by the people. The farmers, women and others are comparing the Congress promises with the BRS government’s welfare schemes. They are also comparing the Telangana Congress leaders to YSR and Siddaramaiah. Different opinions emerged from the people.
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Adapa Lachaiah Dora, a farmer in Mandalapalli in Dammapet mandal in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, was not satisfied with the Rythu Bharosa promise made by Congress. He said “As a farmer, I and other farmers in my village are not so impressive with the assurance. The Rythu Bandhu, being implemented by BRS government is not a bad scheme and Congress promise is not the best.”
There are also other voices that the Congress, if it came to power, may not implement all the six assurances because of its budgetary limitations. Jarupula Chandu, a farmer in Amangal in Kalvakurthy assembly constituency, said, “The discussion on the Congress promises are not going on expected level. Except one or two promises, the remaining may not be implemented in case the Congress came to power. The same opinion expressed by the other farmers in my village.”
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The Mahalaxmi is the first of six guarantees – Rs 2500 per month financial assistance will be given to women in Telangana, gas cylinders at Rs 500, and free travel for women in state transport buses across the southern state.
K Santhi, a tiffen vendor in Khammam said, “The women will be benefited with the scheme if the Congress implemented it after it came to power. The amount will help our families”
The issue of credibility of executing the promises is being questioned by the people. Interestingly, the people have not taken into consideration the Congress leaders in Telangana. V Srinivasa Rao, a farmer cum retired teacher in Khammam said, “The people are searching Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and Siddaramaiah among the Congress leaders in Telangana in executing the promises. In discussions with the others, the credibility of leaders became a subject.”
All the leaders in the race of Chief Minister are eager to enjoy the power if Congress came to power. The statements of these leaders are much rhetoric in criticizing the political rivals. A leader, who will lead the State, should understand the heart of the people and their concerns than the talent in giving befitting replies to the political rivals. Not a single leader is serious and focused on the real issues of the people during the press conferences. They did not prove their social responsibility. Whether the Congress high command has identified the core issue, is a million dollar question. (eom)