Telangana

BJP promises ‘Navratnas’ for Huzurnagar

BJP State president K. Laxman participating in the election campaign at Kithavarigudem in Huzurnagar constancy on Tuesday, in support of the party’s candidate Kota Rama Rao.

BJP State president K. Laxman participating in the election campaign at Kithavarigudem in Huzurnagar constancy on Tuesday, in support of the party’s candidate Kota Rama Rao.   | Photo Credit: Singam venkataramana

Party candidate compares the government at Centre with that of State

After saving a number of patients in his 12-year service as a government doctor in Adilabad, Hyderabad and Nalgonda, BJP doctor-candidate for Huzurnagar bypoll Kota Rama Rao was seeking a different type of help on Tuesday.

“Save me, so that I can save you,” he said, to a gathering of about 200 people at Garidepally, his third stop in the campaign trail on Tuesday. Reminding everyone that he belongs to one of the Backward Classes communities, which comprise about 50% voters in Huzurnagar, Mr. Rama Rao was quick in criticising Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not making a Dalit the Chief Minister.

“But BJP picked me, even though I am poor. I can save Huzurnagar only if you save me now,” he repeated at Keethavarigudem, his father’s native village in the same Garidepally mandal.

But banking only on BC vote sentiment? In response, the 41-year-old says he is seeking one chance to show development, while also to “give TRS government a slap for all its failed promises.” And in the attempt, Mr. Rama Rao launches an attack, comparing BJP at the Centre and the TRS here.

“Reservations for poor among forward castes, Article 370, Triple Talaq Bill among others, were made possible by BJP. But in Telangana, the Centre-given Fasal Bima Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, funds for housing and a lot of other schemes are renamed and misled,” he said at Nereducherla.

The campaign ratha at Nereducherla also saw Vangala Swamy Goud, a TDP candidate in 2014 Assembly polls securing 25,395 votes, joining the BJP. At the various stops in campaign and road shows, along with party State chief K. Laxman, he said the wide participation of women in campaigns was out of respect for programmes such as Ujjwala LPG connections.

Handing out pamphlets, the leaders also explained the BJP’s idea of developing Huzurnagar through a constituency-specific ‘Navratnas’ programme. And they include:

“Housing for poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a ESI hospital, skill centre for unemployed youth, centre’s aid for Huzurnagar and Nereducherla municipalities, a revenue division for Huzurnagar, a passenger railway line, mining royalty for constituency development, Huzurnagar as agri export hub and special pension for fluorosis survivors.”

But for the record, BJP got 1,555 votes in December 2018 and a maximum 3,267 votes in 2009 polls.

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