Bhupalpally/Nizamabad (Telangana), Nov 29: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for enriching his family at the cost of Telangana and called “Khao Commission Rao”.
Addressing successive rallies, Gandhi simultaneously attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and KCR over crony capitalism and denying rights and protection to tribals and farmers.
He said that the Congress-led coalition will first defeat 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.
Higlighting 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 reflect “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,” he added.
Earlier Bhupalpally of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district rally, 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 Rs 17,000 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 K.T. Rama Rao’s annual income that has increased from Rs 29 lakh in 2014 to around Rs 74 lakh in 2018.
Claiming that more than 4,500 farmers committed suicide during the KCR rule, the Congress Chief vowed to cancel farm loans to the tune of Rs 2 lakh each and also promised minimum support price (MSP) for 17 crops, including Rs 2,000 for paddy, Rs 7,000 for cotton and Rs 10,000 for chillies.
Elections to the 119-member Telangana Assembly are slated for December 7. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.