Rama Krishna Sangem
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) launched a frontal attack on BJP for opposing welfare schemes in the name of freebies. He addressed a massive public meeting at Munugode in Nalgonda district on August 20, Saturday. KCR’s meeting comes a day before that of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the same place, on Sunday. Munugode assembly constituency will go for by-election around November.
Munugode MLA Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy who quit Congress will join BJP in the presence of Shah. Keeping in view the impending by-poll, BJP arranged this meeting. But, to take winds out of the sails of BJP, KCR organised a big rally on Saturday itself and showed that it is his party which is set to win the by-election.
What added power to the punch of KCR is the decision of CPI to support ruling TRS in the by-election. CPI state committee has taken a decision to this extent earlier in the day. Another Left party, CPI(M) too is expected to support TRS in Munugode. The two Left parties command close to 15,000 -20,000 votes in this segment, once their stronghold.
KCR’s poll plank was evident at Saturday meeting where he came down heavily on the BJP led government at the Centre for insisting on fixing electricity meters to the agricultural pump sets. “But, I will never allow that to happen, as long as I am alive. Do you want me who oppose fixing meters to your pump sets or BJP which wants to fix them?” asked the CM, evoking loud response from the crowds.
The CM who personally handles the campaign strategy of TRS earlier led a massive motorcade with above 1,000 vehicles from Hyderabad to Munugode, 70 km away. Entire party leadership from Nalgonda district and surrounding areas were with the CM. KCR however, hasn’t announced the name of TRS candidate for the by-poll.
KCR fundamentally opposed the BJP’s economic and communal agenda on the ground that they destroy the fabric of Indian democracy. “They are trying to stop all welfare schemes in the name of freebies. They want to divide the society in the name of religion. The Modi government has taken the country backward by several years, because of his policies,” said KCR.
The CM referred to the recent raids on the opposition leaders by CBI and ED and said that he was not afraid of them. “I have nothing wrong to be afraid of ED (Enforcement Directorate). They can’t do anything to me,” said KCR. TRS is planning to organsie another meeting of KCR in the constituency, probably at Chandur, soon, after Amit Shah meeting.