On 20th October 2018, Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Telangana for the first round of campaign in the state and addressed public meetings in Adilabad, Kamareddy and Hyderabad districts. He finished his last meeting at Charminar, at around 6 pm. An hour later the same day, Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao ripped apart the speeches of Rahul Gandhi with a point by point rebuttal.
KTR’s trenchant attack on Rahul Gandhi’s exhortations and observations has the Congress leaders in the State dumbfounded. The minister followed up his evening press conference with powerful tweets in which he packed punches on the Congress with evidence to buttress his points.
For instance, KTR has put up the GOs issued during the Congress regime on the estimates and revised estimates of B R Ambedkar Pranahita Chevella irrigation project – from Rs. 17,000 crore to Rs. 40,000 crore — thrice between 2006 and 2010 without actually taking up the work.
While Pranahita-Chevella was meant to store 16 tmc feet of water, the revised design with multiple reservoirs would have a storage capacity of 140 tmc feet. KTR explained the nitty-gritty of the mega project and how it had taken shape. This left the Congressmen muted.
Regarding the employment opportunities, KTR disclosed how the 1.09 lakh vacancies were identified and cleared, of which 87,346 posts were notified and 32,681 were filled already. KTR seared into the claims of the Congress president that the party was able to effectively implement the loan waiver scheme and he asserted that not even a single pie was paid towards the loan waiver.
KTR actually came up with a politically asphyxiating poser to the Congress boss. He sought to know if the book published by Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP – Raja of Corruption – against Congress Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy was being endorsed by the Congress party. KTR was at his sarcastic best when he tweeted: “As alleged by your current best friend & then opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu, was ‘Jala Yagnam’ mere ‘Dhana Yagnam’? Was your the then CM ‘Raja of Corruption’?”
Whatever points the Congress leaders gave Mr. Gandhi for incorporating in his speech with regard to Telangana were dissected and analysed by KTR, who asserted that they were blatant lies or half-truths. And, KTR cleverly did not touch upon Gandhi’s criticism of Rafael deal.
On the other hand, KTR said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi were chips off the same block and that the TRS was politically opposed to both politically.
The Congress Party’s leaders and its various Chief Ministerial aspirants have, however, remained silent on the criticism of KTR. For, the Minister could expose the shallowness of the allegations and assert the commitment of the TRS Government to the people of Telangana. He launched a diatribe against the Telangana Congress leaders for “deliberately misleading” their party president by providing him with false information.