Party manifesto to focus on uplift of minorities economically and generating of additional 4,000 MW

In what could be a clear strategy to appease minorities, the Telangana BJP is going all-out to woo the community. Uplifting minorities educationally and economically and taking up projects to generate an additional 4,000 MW of electricity will be on the agenda of Telangana BJP, if elected to power in the region.

Creating educational facilities for minorities, particularly Muslims, and improving their conditions economically would be among the issues to be highlighted in Telangana’s BJP’s manifesto, a senior BJP leader involved in the drafting of manifestoes for Telangana and Seemandhra told The Hindu here on Friday. He said tackling power shortage in Telangana would take precedence over all other issues and projects to provide an additional 4,000 MW need to be taken up on a priority basis.

The manifesto would also promise to implement measures to optimally utilise waters of Sri Ram Sagar Project as only around 50-55 per cent of it were currently being used. The unfinished Kalwakurthy and Bheema projects would be completed and priority would also be accorded to Dummagudem-Nagarjunsagar tail pond project as it would result in saving surplus waters from Srisailam.

Improving the lot of the families of Gulf migrants, particularly North Telangana, welfare of beedi workers, weavers and Singareni Collieries workers would also be a major focussed area in the manifesto. Although Telangana has some of the famous handloom centres like Pochampalli and Gadwal, the weavers in those areas were facing serious hardship and the issue needed to be addressed. The manifesto would also seek to set up a steel plant at Bayyaram in Khammam district. It would seek to adopt a two-pronged strategy in dealing with left-wing extremism. While emphasising the importance of maintaining law and order to protect government’s and people’s properties, the party would stress on adopting measures to tackle rural poverty and deprivation, the root cause for extremism.