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Telangana BJP firms up plank for Assembly polls: Jobs for youths, double-engine govt

The BJP’s Telangana unit has come up with its slogan for the state Assembly elections slated for December this year: “Vote for lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) to ensure jobs for all eligible youths.”

This was decided at the Telangana BJP executive committee meeting held at Champapet in Hyderabad Monday, state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar said.

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Sanjay Kumar called upon the party leaders and cadres to take this slogan to the people through a door-to-door campaign and convince them that only a “double-engine” government – at the state and central levels – would benefit Telangana on all fronts.

The state BJP has decided to launch a public outreach programme, “Maha Jana Sampark Abhiyaan”, from May 30 to June 30, to communicate to the people about various schemes and measures rolled out by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government over the last nine years to “steer the country on the path of growth and progress besides ensuring benefits for Telangana”.

Charging that the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Bharat Rahstra Samithi (BRS) government has failed to implement the developmental programmes initiated by the Modi government, Sanjay Kumar called upon the BJP leaders and workers to create public awareness about these programmes through various campaigns including the Praja Sangrama Yatra, Sanjay’s statewide padayatra.

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The state BJP chief flagged several schemes kicked off by the Modi government for the uplift of the poor, such as the construction of toilets under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, supply of free rice and wheat to the poor, provision of employment under the National Employment Guarantee programme, and construction of road network and other rural infrastructure.

“When the entire world was reeling under severe economic crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was Modi who is credited with ensuring India’s growth as an economic power from 10th position to fifth position,” he said.

Sanjay claimed that the Modi government had spent more than Rs 16,000 crore on rural infrastructure development in Telangana, besides Rs 35,000 crore on various railways projects and Rs 1.50 lakh crore on national highways in the state.

“The Centre also sanctioned 2.40 lakh houses for weaker sections in the state and is ready to sanction another five lakh houses. But the KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) government was not constructing the same. The Centre also released 11.50 lakh LPG connections to the poor people in the state,” he said, adding that the restoration of Ramagundam Fertilisers Company at a cost of Rs 6,200 crore mitigated the fertiliser scarcity in the state.

He said if there had been a “double-engine sarkar” in Telangana, the people of the state would have got “much more benefits” from the Centre in various schemes related to health, housing, rural economy and drinking water supply among others.

Alleging that he had not seen a more monarchical politician than KCR, Sanjay charged that the CM was spending money “lavishly” across the country to defeat the BJP. “KCR is known for his betrayals…In the recent Karnataka Assembly polls he cheated the Janata Dal (S),” he said, adding that the BRS supremo had earlier “betrayed” the Congress, TDP and even the Communist parties.

Sanjay claimed that the people of Telangana have “concluded” that the BJP is the only alternative to the BRS and that they would get “real justice” only if the BJP comes to power. “It is evident from the way the BJP’s graph is growing steadily (in the state) in every election held after 2019,” he said.

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Targeting the principal Opposition Congress, Sanjay wondered how could the Congress “dream” of coming to power in the state, when it could not save its deposits in any bypolls.

Sanjay charged that KCR was “hobnobbing” with the Congress and AIMIM to run a “venomous campaign” against the BJP by claiming that the latter had taken a back seat after its defeat in the Karnataka Assembly elections.

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He also alleged that KCR was funding the Congress in constituencies where the BRS was weak. “KCR is getting various surveys done from time to time and where he realises he won’t come to power on his own, he is supporting the Congress,” he claimed, adding that the BJP would go to the polls alone and “emerge victorious”.

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