YSR Congress on Tuesday hit back at the TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao for his remarks against Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

At a press conference here, the party’s Central Election Committee member Kommuri Pratap Reddy said the TRS chief has been using his party to further his personal gains and to enrich his family members showing scant respect to the people who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Telangana. “Though he started TRS as a platform with cause, he has conveniently converted it into a political party and has been deriving all benefits along with his family members,” Mr. Pratap Reddy said. When KCR started the outfit 12 years back, he raised the issue of the share of Krishna and Godavari waters to Telangana and even today it has been unresolved, which shows that his agenda is purely political and commercial as well. The party has enjoyed ministerial berths but could not take the movement forward as the interests lie elsewhere, he said.

Coop polls

At another press conference, spokesperson Bajireddi Goverdhan said the Congress government was going ahead with the cooperative societies polls only to fulfil the central law but has no real interest in empowering the local bodies. “As there is no scope for further extending the term and the Central government’s Bill makes it mandatory for the State to hold elections before February, it has announced the election dates but the government lacks sincerity,” party official spokesperson Bajireddy Goverdhan told reporters here on Tuesday.