ALL INDIA CONGRESS COMMITTEE
24, AKBAR ROAD, NEW DELHI
Highlights of CP Speech: November 28, 2018
Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi addressed a public gathering at Mahbubnagar at Telengana.
R.C. Khuntia Ji, Uttam Reddy Ji, M. Kodandaram Ji, Jaipal Reddy Ji, Obaidullah Kotwal Ji, Rajendra Reddy Ji, Ram Krishnamachary Ji, Shahid Mazhar Ji, Revanth Reddy Ji, Mallu Ravi Ji, Nagam Janardhan Reddy Ji, Vam Krishna Ji, V Krishna Ji and all Congress Party workers, brothers and sisters, our friends from Media, Youth Congress, NSUI, Mahila Congress, Seva Dal activists and the workers of our alliance partners who are contesting these elections with us, I heartily welcome you all at the rally.
Five years back, the people of Telangana had a dream of New Telangana wherein their money, their water, their resources would have been utilized for their welfare only. The people of Telangana had the dream of (Neelu, Nidlu, and Nyma-kalu) and today you are seeing these flags fluttering with the fast winds blowing across. This wind is of change which is blowing in favour of Congress Party and its alliance partners and it symbolises the change to remove KCR from the Chief Ministership of Telangana. The people of Telangana had reposed their faith in KCR under the impression that the Chief Minister would fulfill the dreams of the people of Telangana but today every youth and farmer of Telangana feels that KCR has betrayed the dreams of Telangana.
The people of Telangana know that the Chief Minister has failed them in realizing their dreams. When the present Government was formed, the people of Telangana had no debt on them rather the State had a surplus of Rs. 17,000 crore. But today Telangana has an outstanding debt of Rs. 2 lakh crore that means every family has a debt of Rs. 2 lakh and every individual in Telangana has a debt of Rs. 60,000/-. Every individual in Telangana is under debt but the income of the son of KCR has increased by 400 percent. The projects which the Congress Party had conceived have been redesigned and their costs have been increased by the KCR Government. The Congress Party had proposed a Pranhita project at a cost of Rs. 50,000 crore, KCR renamed it as ‘Kaleshwaram Project’ and increased the cost of the project to Rs. 90,000 crore. KCR imposed an extra burden of Rs. 40,000 crore on the people of Telangana by merely changing the name of the project.
The KCR Government charged money for repainting the old tanks under ‘Kakatiya & Bhagirath’ mission. By this Act, whom they betrayed? They betrayed the farmers and youth of Telangana. KCR Government had promised 1 lakh employment opportunities for the youth in Telangana. I would like to ask the youth as to how many of you have been given employment during the last 4-1/2 years of rule of KCR Government? The Chief Minister KCR has given employment only to 4 members of his family. Four people from his family snatched away the future of four crore people of Telangana. Congress Party had evolved the concept of Self-Help Group(SHG) but the Chief Minister Shri KCR extended no help for the purpose. Women are the backbone of the State and Telangana cannot progress in the absence of their help. As such, as soon as the Congress Party comes to power in Telangana, every SHG will be given a grant of Rs. 1 lakh and the women entrepreneurs will be extended the loan of Rs. 500 crore.
KCR promised something to everyone. He had made a promise of providing 22 lakh 2-Bed Room units but the reality remained restricted to 5,000 units only. He had promised allotment of land to SC/ST brothers which also proved to be a false promise. Therefore, as soon as the Government of Congress with its alliance partners comes to power, we will provide homes and allot land to the people of Telangana. Our Chief Minister will work day and night to provide employment to the youth of Telangana and the unemployed youths will be given an Unemployment Allowance of Rs. 3,000 per month. We shall endeavour to provide 1 lakh employment opportunities to the youth of Telangana in Government and private sector during the first year itself of our Government.
KCR restricted the benefits of his Government to his family, his friends and the contractors. The poor people of Telangana in the event of their need for medical facilities and to avail educational facilities have to shell out lakhs of Rupees. For medical services like MRI, X-Ray, they are charged thousands of Rupees in private hospitals. In this manner, be it the poor farmer or the youth of Telangana, they have to spend lakhs of Rupees for operations in medical treatment and education. This is your money. This money does not belong to contractors or any individual family. The Congress Party is going to pay back this money to you. The Congress Party will ensure free medical treatment up to Rs. 5 lakhs. In every Division, a 30-Bed Hospital will be set-up and every family will be given Rs. 5 lakhs for the construction of a House and the authority which is today centered in the hands of an individual family will be delegated to the Panchayats in Telangana.
Now, I will like to dwell upon national issues. In Delhi, Shri Narendra Modi has been in power and KCR is in Telangana. Whenever Shri Narendra Modi was in need of support in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Telangana’s CM KCR was always at his back and call to help him out. Narendra Modi Ji has been working to divide this country, he spreads hatred. Whatever he has done against Dalits, Tribals and Minorities, he could not have done it without the support of the Chief Minister of Telangana. When we were fighting against Narendra Modi Ji in Lok Sabha on the issues like Land Acquisition Bill, Protecting the Lands of the Farmers, at that time, the MPs of TRS were helping the Modi Government in Parliament. I distinctly remember that on every Bill, TRS extended support to Narendra Modi Ji, RSS and Sangh Parivar.
The name of TRS party should factually be Telangana Rashtriya Sangh Parivar instead of Telangana Rashtra Samiti. TRS is the B-Team of Sangh Parivar and BJP. The people of Telangana should never forget that be it AIMIM or TRS, their only objective is to stop the Congress Party from defeating BJP at the national level. If TRS was true to its name of Telangana Rasthra Samiti, then the CM of Telangana Shri KCR would have never supported a person like Narendra Modi. We had asked the TRS MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as to why they were supporting BJP on every Bill like Land Acquisition Bill which was also diluted in Telangana? The MPs of TRS clearly told me that we get instructions from the top and whatever instructions are given by their Chief Minister, they act accordingly. Therefore, keep in mind the fact that TRS means Telangana Rashtriya Sangh Parivar. The sole objective of TRS is to ensure that Narendra Modi remains the Prime Minister at national level.
A few days back, Narendra Modi Ji came to Telangana and stated that TRS and Congress Party are the same, but he never made such a statement before elections. I would like to ask as to if TRS and Congress Party are similar in their approach, then on every Bill Congress Party confronted BJP, be it the issue of Rafale deal or Land Acquisition Bill, we confronted Narendra Modi Ji. Congress Party staged a fight of ideology at every level with the Modi Government but how many times the Chief Minister of Telangana raised the issue of Rafale deal? How many times, Chief Minister of Telangana confronted Modi Ji on such issues. You listen to the speeches of TRS Leaders; they never raised issues against Narendra Modi Ji on Rafale deal, Land Acquisition Bill and other such issues. The Government of Congress Party and its alliance partners is going to be constituted in Telangana and we will fulfill your dreams for which you had struggled, on which Sonia Gandhi Ji supported you and your dream of your money, your water and resources (Neelu, Nidlu, and Nyma-kalu) will be fulfilled by the Congress Party with your support and blessings.
The Government is going to change and I would like to tell the workers of the alliance that the Government going to be constituted will be your Government and the Government of your ideology. You will have place in all offices of this Government. First we shall defeat KCR in Telangana and then in 2019, we shall defeat Narendra Modi Ji in Delhi. In Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, BJP and TRS will be defeated in all these States.
My heartiest thanks to all of you particularly to the women who have come from far and wide.
Namaskar, Jai Hind !