IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday, launching a scathing attack on BJP and its national president Amit Shah, said the party’s hopes of making inroads into Telangana will remain a dream.

“Amit Shah’s show will not run in Telangana. The BJP leadership may have nurtured hopes of coming to power in Telangana like it has in other States, but it will not happen here. At best, the party may pick up five Assembly Seats,” the Minister told mediapersons in Vemulawada.
Dubbing BJP’s ‘Samarabheri’ in Karimnagar on Wednesday as ‘Asamardabheri’ (inefficient bheri), KTR said the TRS government led by K Chandrashekhar Rao was a secular administration, which believed in inclusiveness. “BJP misled even the Gods by not constructing Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But, the TRS government took up the construction of a temple at Yadadri. People of all religions are treated equally in Telangana,” he said.

“Shah said his party will contest in all the 119 Assembly constituencies in the State. Let us see in how many seats BJP manages to get back the deposits,” he said, recalling that during the GHMC election, BJP leaders Dr K Laxman and G Kishan Reddy bragged about winning several seats, but the party failed to get even a single corporator elected.

Instead of fulfilling assurances promised to Telangana under the AP Reorganisation Act, BJP, KTR said, was trying to blame the TRS government. There was no movement in Bayyaram steel factory, Kazipet railway coach factory and high court division, among several others. He also pointed out that seven mandals of Khammam district were forcefully merged with Andhra Pradesh against the wishes of Telangana.

Despite KCR’s repeated requests for national status for Kaleshwaram project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained tight-lipped on the issue, the Minister said, and pointed out that without States, there would be no Central government. Telangana was forging ahead with 17.17 per cent growth rate, an achievement that won accolades even from BJP-ruled States, he said.

The Minister said barring sanction of legitimate share to Telangana, the Modi government did not sanction even a single rupee additionally despite Niti Aayog’s recommendation for an additional Rs 20,000 crore to the State.

There was an opinion among the people — ‘Phir ekbar KCR’; he said the poor have an opinion that justice would be done to them if KCR was Chief Minister.

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