Key poll issues in Telangana
In all his election speeches, caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao highlighted the role he and his party played in the more than a decade-long movement for separate Telangana. He continues to contrast this with the dillydallying by then ruling Congress and the disruptive role of the TDP.
Sops for farmers:
While the TRS is seeking support from farmers, citing 24-hours free power supply and schemes such as investment support and free insurance for farmers as its major success, Congress president Rahul Gandhi made frequent reference to suicide by 4,500 farmers during TRS rule for not getting the minimum support price.
Irrigation vs corruption:
While KCR and his Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao had gone to town with their claims of realising the dream of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on River Godavari, the Congress party countered saying TRS regime only redesigned an old project, inflating the cost from Rs400 billion to Rs900 billion to benefit his family.
Unemployment vs Allowance:
Jobs were one of the three pillars of movement for separate Telangana but KCR has failed to provide, turning the youth against his government so much so that he could not dare visit Osmania University, once the hub of the movement. Now he has promised monthly unemployment allowance of Rs3,016 if he returns to power.