KTR is a good politician: Former IAS Jayaprakash Narayan

BRS working president Mr KT Rama Rao was too quick to learn and adapt to the political field. He proved himself by bringing in a lot of investments, contributing to the growth of the IT sector and providing employment to youth. These are the observations made by N Jayaprakash Narayana popularly known for his Lok Satta organisation and a retired bureaucrat. In response, Mr KTR said his father made him cultivate good habits and one among them is reading at least 10 to 15 newspapers every day. That habit gave him a good perspective and helped him learn the problems at the sarpanch level.

In a freewheeling chat with KTR on a vernacular television channel, both discussed various issues pertaining to Telangana state and the country. Soon after the formation of Telangana, many people who settled here from Andhra had fears about their safety and security. But the BRS government that came to power allayed their fears. The government treated everybody equally and now all of them are happy.

Mr Jayaprakash Narayan said the BRS did an excellent job during its last decade by striking a balance between welfare and development. Contrary to Telangana, the economic situation of the country is very bad. The Central government gets Rs. 33 lakh crore income of which Rs. 18 lakh crore is distributed to states. A total of Rs. 10 lakh crore is spent on interest on borrowings and Rs. 8 lakh crore is spent on salaries. There is no money left for taking up any prestigious project or scheme with the Central government, he pointed out.

Referring to the elections, Mr Jayaprakash Narayan said things have come to such a pause that people were expecting money to vote in the elections or politicians made them do so. It is a very bad trend. In other countries, if they register a seven to eight per cent growth rate, that government is sure to come back to power unlike in India.

Mr KTR said he was fortunate that he did not distribute money or liquor but solely depended on his work. Mr Jayaprakash Narayan appealed to the people of Telangana to vote for those who worked for them for their welfare and betterment. They should reject the money and liquor for voting in the elections.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao