Hyderabad: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party on its 21st foundation day adopted a resolution to play a key role in the scene of national politics along with twelve other resolutions.
The party observed that TRS needs to play a constructive role and fill the political void at the national level. The party asserted to bring a quality change in the country on the lines the Telangana state achieved desirable results in education, irrigation, health, and economic sectors. “The country should be freed from the evil forces and end the Bulldozer rule and divide and rule policies adopted by the rulers in the country,” they stated.
The party felt that the Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led union Government did not bring any change in the lives of people. Instead, the government has turned India into “Durbhar (Worse) Bharat”.
TRS chief KCR addressed the audience for nearly 90 minutes in his inaugural speech. He touched upon political and development issues.
Other resolutions included the party extending its gratitude to the Telangana government for procuring paddy in the current season and the criticism of the union government for its failure in resolving the paddy procurement issue amicably. The party also demanded the centre reduce spiraling prices of essential commodities and took strong exception to the centre’s indifference towards solving the price hike issue.
The TRS party also demanded the union government adopt a bill extending 33% reservation for women in Parliament. The party resolved to fight against religious intolerance and protect the national integrity and the country’s unique culture. The plenary observed that growing religious intolerance will weaken the country on all fronts.
The ruling party further demanded the union government constitute Backward Classes (BC) welfare ministry and also take up the BC census in the country. They demanded to increase the quota for Muslims to 12% from 4% in the proportion of the population. They also said that the Scheduled Tribe (ST) reservation should also be increased to 10 percent. The party also demanded the union government to enhance quota to the deserved communities in education and employment based on their social conditions.
Another demand to the centre from the state ruling party was to collect the taxes from the divisive pool and stop the practice of tax collection through cess which dented state share from the tax revenue.
The TRS alleged that BJP-led Union Government has adopted a “weaker states-strong centre” approach to weaken the state financially. “The centre should pay 41% devolution to the states. But the union government is collecting taxes in the form of a cess so that the states will not insist on it. The states were meted out injustice in the devolution. The states could get only 29.6 % devolution due to the cess system in the tax collection,” they said.
The TRS then demanded the union government to resolve the Telangana share in river Krishna water under section 3 of the river water dispute act and also to instruct the Brijesh Kumar tribunal to resolve the issue.
The TRS also resolved to fight against the union government for undermining the federal spirit and suppressing constitutional rights which have been accorded to the states. They also demanded the union Government sanction Navodaya schools and medical colleges in Telangana.
The party further demanded the union government implement the Dalit Bandhu scheme, launched by Telangana Government, on a national level. The party alleged that the centre did not introduce any scheme for Dalits exclusively, and the attacks on Dalits increased in the country.
The TRS has then demanded the union government to withdraw GST on handlooms and opposed the anti-weavers policies adopted by the centre.
The centre imposed 5 per cent GST on handloom products. As a result, the weavers community are struggling to continue in the occupation, they said.