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TRS questions Congress volte-face

IT Minister KT Rama Rao ridicules the expediently stitched up Mahakutami comprising 4 parties

The TRS struck at the very foundation of the Congress-led ‘Mahakutami’ on Monday, questioning the premise on which the ‘unholy’ alliance was formed.

In a series of tweets, IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao asserted that the TRS entered into an alliance with the Congress and Telugu Desam Party in 2004 and 2009, respectively, only after the two parties agreed in writing to the main demand of statehood for Telangana.

“What’s the basis for the hypocritical alliance of TDP & INC now in Telangana? Other than sheer opportunism & power mongering,” Rama Rao tweeted, ridiculing the coming together of Congress, TDP, CPI and the TJS under the Mahakutami umbrella.

The Minister also recalled Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu’s 2014 tweet where he said: “Our aim is to make nation free of corrupt Congress. Will do whatever is best to ensure it.”

“Famous last words. Another pearl of wisdom from CBN Garu,” the Minister wrote on his Twitter handle. The Minister went on to slam the alliance, stating: “If Scamgress leaders Rahul & Sonia didn’t do squat for Telangana development till 2014, what changed since then? So the “Italian Mafia Raj” (as described below) has new friends now. Guess who it is? Now you know why I call it #MahaGhatiyaBandhan.”

Earlier in the day, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao also sought to deflate the perceived hype over Mahakutami with a missive loaded with a dozen questions.

Harish’s posers In a four-page open letter to TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Harish Rao, coming down heavily on the ‘unholy’ alliance, asked the latter to clarify whether the Congress-TDP-CPI-TJS alliance was conditional. “Did the TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu give an assurance that he would give up his anti-Telangana stand and has he agreed to withdraw cases/objections raised against irrigation projects taken up by the Telangana government, before you agreed to enter into an alliance with him,” the Minister asked.

The Minister, who released the letter to the media at a press conference here, said the people of Telangana were upset with the alliance as they fear Naidu will continue with his arm-twisting tactics to influence decisions of the Telangana government in favour of Andhra Pradesh, especially with regard to river water sharing. He raised pending issues between the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments pertaining to irrigation projects, returning seven mandals in erstwhile Khammam district to Telangana, and division of the High Court and other assets. On all these issues, Naidu has been adamant and was not extending any cooperation to get them resolved, he said, wondering what then was the objective behind the alliance.

Charge against Cong “Congress leaders have compromised the future of the State to fulfil their political ambitions by entering into an alliance with Naidu. The TDP president vehemently opposed statehood for Telangana and continues to hinder development in Telangana State by raising objections and filing cases against our irrigation projects and other programmes,” the Minister said.

Harish Rao accused Naidu of acting against the interests of Telangana and doubted if the latter would change his stand, considering his political interests in Andhra Pradesh. He pointed out that due to similar political interests of Andhra leaders, people of Telangana suffered in undivided Andhra Pradesh for six decades, prompting the TRS to fight for separate Telangana State. “As a responsible political party, Congress should clarify on these issues and convince Naidu to address these issues under their Common Minimum Programme before fighting the elections,” he demanded.

Advice to Kodandaram Harish Rao stated that Naidu was allying with the Telangana Congress and other parties to influence the Telangana administration in favour of Andhra Pradesh. He advised Telangana Jana Samithi president M Kodandaram not to ally with TDP and put the fate of four crore people in Telangana State in the hands of Naidu.

Government Chief Whip in Council Paturi Sudhakar Reddy, Whip Bodakunti Venkateshwarlu and former MLAs Madan Reddy and Chinta Prabhakar were present.

TRS questions Congress volte-face

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