Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has described Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao as the most corrupt CM in India and alleged that today KCR family wealth was equivalent to Ambanis and Adanis.
In an informal chat with media persons at Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy strongly condemned TRS leaders for their remarks against Congress party and its leaders on irrigation projects. He alleged that KCR was trying to hide the truth by engaging in political blame game. “Congress party never went against the people’s interest while KCR family’s only aim was accumulation of illegal wealth,” he said.
Reacting to the remarks made by Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao on Kaleshwaram Project, the TPCC Chief accused him of acting exactly the same way Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda in Hitler’s cabinet, acted in Nazi Germany. “Unlike TRS leaders, we are not habitual of indulging in cheap talk. Harish Rao’s language and tone is of highly inferior nature,” he alleged. “Is it not true that works worth thousands of crores were assigned to selective contractors while sitting at home through a single tender?” he asked while slamming the TRS Government for not calling Global Tenders for such a large project. He challenged Harish Rao to make the tender documents public. He also said that TRS Govt was lying about availability of Godavari water throughout the year at Tummadi Hatti and it went ahead with the construction against the recommendation made by expert committee.
The TPCC Chief said that the visits of various personalities to Kaleshwaram Project site were nothing but tourism trips. He said TRS Govt should also take those visitors to Sircilla where Dalits were subjected to third degree torture in illegal police custody.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also condemned the Chief Minister for his remarks against judiciary. “Is it wrong for the poor, Dalits and STs, who were wrongfully stripped off their lands, to approach courts seeking justice? Are courts banned institutions?” he asked. Further, he asked whether or not KCR did not approach the court to shift his hunger strike from Khammam to Hyderabad. “Courts should take suo motto action against KCR for his remarks against the judiciary,” he said and added that KCR has some kind of built-in hatred towards Dalits and STs.
Stating that Telangana was not KCR’s ‘Jagir’ (fiefdom), he said that the Congress party would continue to raise issues that hurt the interest of people, especially farmers. “Congress party is always concerned about farmers, while KCR thinks only about benefitting contractors,” he said. Claiming that the Congress party would win more than 75 seats if elections are held today, he reiterated that the next Congress Government would waive crop loans up to Rs. 2 lakh in a single take.
Earlier, while addressing a protest rally organised by the Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee (GHCC) against Rafale scam, Uttam Kumar Reddy slammed the BJP Government for hiding information pertaining to purchase of Rafale fighter jets. He said, as the former fighter pilot of Indian Air Force (IAF), he knew that there was no basis for the Centre to keep the price of Rafale jet a secret. He said the previous Congress-led UPA Government have always revealed the cost of purchase of fighter jets although operational details were kept a secret. He alleged that Prime Minister Narender Modi was trying to prevent the exposure of a huge scam by maintaining secrecy over several aspects of Rafale jets. (INN)