Rahul tar­gets KCR, as­sures loan waiver

Gandhi tar­gets Modi and KCR for crony cap­i­tal­ism and deny­ing rights and pro­tec­tion to trib­als and farmers in the state

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Calling Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao (KCR) “Khao Com­mis­sion Rao,” Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Thurs­day lam­basted him for en­rich­ing his fam­ily at the cost of Te­lan­gana, and promised all-round de­vel­op­ment if the Congress-led Peo­ples Front won the Assem­bly elec­tions.

Ad­dress­ing suc­ces­sive ral­lies, Gandhi si­mul­ta­ne­ously tar­geted Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and KCR for crony cap­i­tal­ism and deny­ing rights and pro­tec­tion to trib­als and farmers.

He as­serted the Congress-led coali­tion will irst de­throne the rul­ing Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS) in the state and then the Modi regime in Delhi.

“KCR’S only job has been to re­name old Congress projects only by en­hanc­ing their costs, and get­ting com­mis­sion for him­self and his fam­ily. KCR stands for Khao Com­mis­sion Rao,” said Gandhi ad­dress­ing a rally in Nizam­abad.

Point­ing to how “KCR sup­ported and en­dorsed all moves” of Modi and the BJP-RSS, in­clud­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion, Gandhi said the Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi party should re­name it­self to “T-RSS” to relect “its bond with the RSS”.

“KCR’S only aim is to en­sure his fam­ily rules Te­lan­gana and Modi rules in Delhi. But time is up for both,” as­serted Gandhi.

Ad­dress­ing another rally in Bhu­pal­pally of Jayashankar Bhu­pal­pally district, Gandhi said: “Modi at the Cen­tre and KCR in the state di­luted laws meant to pro­tect tribal lands.

“The re­sult is tribal land is be­ing snatched away for in­dus­tri­al­ists with­out proper com­pen­sa­tion. De­spite hav­ing so much land and for­est, trib­als here have no pro­tec­tion and their rights are con­sis­tently be­ing tram­pled upon.”

Ac­cus­ing KCR of plung­ing Te­lan­gana into debts, Gandhi said: “When he be­came the Chief Min­is­ter, Te­lan­gana was at a sur­plus of Rs17,000 crore but to­day it is reel­ing un­der debts of over Rs 2.5 lakh crore.

“On one hand KCR is bur­den­ing ev­ery fam­ily with debts, on the other hand his son’s in­come has grown by over 400 per cent,” said Gandhi, re­fer­ring to KT Rama Rao’s an­nual in­come that has in­creased from Rs 29 lakh in 2014 to around Rs 74 lakh in 2018.

Claim­ing that over 4,500 farmers com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing the KCR regime, Gandhi pledged to can­cel farm loans to the tune of Rs 2 lakh each and also promis­ing min­i­mum sup­port price (MSP) for 17 crops, in­clud­ing Rs 2,000 for paddy, Rs 7,000 for cot­ton and Rs10,000 for chill­ies.

He also promised set­ting up of 30bed hospi­tals in ev­ery sub­di­vi­sion and giv­ing Rs 5 lakh to el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies to build houses. He as­sured the set­ting up of a tribal univer­sity in the state and pre­vent­ing the pri­vati­sa­tion of the Sin­gareni coal mines.

Be­sides dou­bling old-age pen­sion to Rs 2,000, he also promised pro­vid­ing Rs 3,000 as unem­ploy­ment al­lowance and jobs to one lakh youth.

Ridi­cul­ing KCR for not fulilling the prom­ise of build­ing 22 lakh houses, Gandhi said it was time for the TRS chief to take rest in his “Rs 300 crore” house and let the Congress-led coali­tion work for the state.

Be­sides the Congress and Telegu De­sam Party, the Com­mu­nist Party of In­dia (CPI) and Te­lan­gana Jana Samithi (TJS) are con­stituents of the Peo­ple’s Front.

Elec­tions to the 119-mem­ber Assem­bly are sched­uled for De­cem­ber 7.

Blam­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for eco­nomic stag­na­tion and so­cial un­rest in the coun­try, Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter and TDP Pres­i­dent N. Chan­drababu Naidu on Thurs­day said that any­body as Prime Min­is­ter will be bet­ter than Modi.

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Rahul Gandhi speaks dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign rally in Hyderabad on Wed­nes­day. NIZAM­ABAD:

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