Telangana

Opportunistic elements would be trounced: Renuka

Congress candidate for Khammam Lok Sabha seat Renuka Chowdary during her election campaign at Kothagudem in Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Friday.

Congress candidate for Khammam Lok Sabha seat Renuka Chowdary during her election campaign at Kothagudem in Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Friday.   | Photo Credit: G_N_RAO

Congress leader lashes out at ‘unethical politics’

The enlightened voters of Khammam Lok Sabha constituency are determined to trounce the ‘opportunistic elements’ in the April 11 Lok Sabha elections to teach those abetting political defections for electoral gains a befitting lesson, Congress candidate from Khammam Lok Sabha constituency Renuka Chowdhury said.

“Both the BJP and the TRS have earned notoriety for encouraging defections by implementing ‘Operation Lotus’ and ‘Operation Akarsh’ to lure the political leaders, including elected representatives, of other parties into their fold through unethical means for narrow electoral gains,” the former Union minister charged.

Ms. Renuka made a whirlwind tour of the industrial hub of Palvancha and the coal town of Kothagudem as part of her hectic electioneering on Friday. All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Saleem Ahmed, Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and TDP district president Koneru Satyanarayana accompanied her.

People’s issues

Addressing a roadside meeting at Laxmidevipalli near Kothagudem, she alleged that both the BJP and the TRS had focused their attention on clinging to power by resorting to unethical practices leaving the distressed farmers, workers and toiling masses in dire straits.

Several distraught chilli farmers were handcuffed and paraded in the streets of Khammam for demanding remunerative prices for their produce under the TRS regime in 2017, she alleged, slamming the TRS dispensation for allegedly failing to honour pre-poll promises made to shelterless poor, aggrieved farmers and working class.

“What happened to the double bedroom houses promised to every homeless family and three acre land to each to every family of SC and ST communities?” she asked. Ridiculing the claims of the TRS to change the fate of the country if it gets 16 seats at the ensuing election, Ms. Renuka said: “What prevented the existing 14 MPs of the TRS from bringing national projects to the State during the last five years.”

Listing out the developmental initiatives of the previous Congress governments, she said the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station (KTPS) and various other major industries were established and developed in Palvancha and Kothagudem divisions transforming the region into an industrial hub in the past.

Pro-poor regime

“I am Khammam Adapaduchu (daughter) and need your support in the April 11 election to defeat the opportunistic forces,” she said amid applause from the gathering.

The Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi will usher in a pro-poor regime, she said while highlighting the party’s recently announced NYAY, the guaranteed income support scheme. Conveying her Ugadi (Telugu New Year) greetings to the denizens of the coal town, she said: “Better days are ahead for all people.”

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