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Modi’s love for Dalits, Minorities is fake: Shabbir Ali

Leader of Opposition in Telangana State Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Monday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for Dalits and Minorities as fake.


“The Prime Minister neither reacted on Rohit Vemula’s suicide nor he acted on Dadri incident when Akhlaq Hussain was lynched to death in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’. It was his silence that encouraged attacks on Dalits and Minorities. He indirectly supported the acts of violence and now shedding crocodile tears to hide his failures,” he said while addressing a press conference at Congress Legislature Party office.


The Congress leader alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has completely failed to extract any benefit from the Centre for Telangana State. “Why KCR did not raised the issue of High Court bifurcation in Gajwel public meeting. As against the accusations made by TRS leaders in recent past of Centre ignoring Telangana State, KCR was all praise for Modi and his governance. Both Modi and KCR patted each other for doing nothing and cheated the people of Telangana,” he alleged. He also demanded the Chief Minister to release a White Paper on the funds released by the Centre for Telangana State.


Shabbir Ali also claimed that five out of six projects launched by the Prime Minister during his maiden visit to Telangana on Sunday were initiated by previous Congress regime. He said except for Kaloji Health University, all other projects were funded, launched or approved by the previous Congress Government. “Modi and KCR together enacted the launch drama to cheat the people of Telangana. By doing so, they tried to divert people’s attention from the real unfulfilled promises.


Giving documentary evidence, Shabbir Ali said Mission Bhagaritha was originally Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad Sujala Sravanti aimed at bringing Godavari River water for drinking purpose to Hyderabad and other villages enroute. The project works, costing Rs. 3,725 crore, began in September 2008. “By renaming the project as ‘Mission Bhagarathi’ and diverting water to some villages in Gajwel, TRS Government tried to get credit for the achievement of previous Congress Government,” he said.


Similarly, the 1200 MW Thermal Power Station of Singareni Collieries at Jaipur in Adilabad district was initiated by the Congress Government and it got the first Environmental Clearance on October 28, 2009. The then Chief Minister K. Rosaiah laid the foundation stone in 2010 and in April 2011, the Singareni Collieries had achieved financial closure, he said.


With regard to 1600 MW Thermal Power station of NTPC at Ramagundam, Shabbir Ali said  that the project was approved by the previous UPA Government under the Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act 2014. The NTPC was mandated to set up 4000 MW plant. “The Central Government has delayed the project by two years,” he said.


Likewise, the revival of a Fertilizer Plant at Ramagundam was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in August 2011. The CCEA  in its meeting held on  09-05-2013, inter-alia,  approved waiver of Government of India loan and interest of FCIL to facilitate it to arrive at positive net worth. The expenditure was estimated at Rs. 4700 crore, he said.


Shabbir Ali said that the construction of new Broad-gauge Railway line between Manoharabad and Kothapalli was a long pending issue. He informed that on 25-08-2014 the South Central Railway has furnished its proposal and it took almost two years for the Centre to complete this project. However, he said that the Prime Minister was silent on the long list of pending railway projects which includes Railway Coach Factory, Wagon Factory at Kazipet, Railway Division at Kazipet and construction of new railway lines.


He said the establishment of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences at Warangal was not an achievement, but compulsion. Before the state bifurcation, all the medical colleges were affiliated to Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences. Post-bifurcation, it was compulsory for Government of Telangana to establish a new health university to re-affiliate the medical colleges with KNRUHS. “What is the status of Horticulture and Tribal Universities, which the Centre needs to establish as per AP Reorganisation Act? Why both Modi and KCR were silent on these universities?” he asked.


The Congress leader said that the Centre did not take any steps to establish an integrated steel plant in Khammam district, as provisioned in the AP Reorganisation Act. There has been no movement in the last 25 months to fulfil other promises made in the APRA. (NSS)