Hyderabad: The Congress hit back at Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao strongly describing his press conference on Wednesday as a saga of utter lies, laced with frustration and arrogance, and for blaming the
Congress for his inefficiency to deliver the promises made during the elections.
At separate press conferences, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar
Reddy and CLP leader K. Jana Reddy hit out at Mr. Rao saying he crossed all the limits of decency
expected from a State head. The two-hour long press conference only threw open his utter disregard not
only for people, opposition parties but also democratic institutions, they alleged.
Mr. Uttam Kumar Reddy, who addressed the media along with former TPCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah,
working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and host of other leaders said realising the growing anger
among various sections, Mr. Rao wants to escape by blaming Congress.
He said Mr. Rao’s remarks against senior leaders, including former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar,
show his arrogance. He alleged that Mr. Rao also tried to influence judiciary through his remarks on
PILs against the State Government. “Can you appeal judiciary in a press conference?” he asked.
He also took objection to Mr. Rao’s non-serious remarks on the Nerella incident, and said for him,
burning of a lorry was more important than the torture of Dalits. Dalits and BCs of Nerella were
brutally tortured by the police in illegal custody and even electric shocks given to private parts of
the victims. By supporting the police, he is giving clear indications that Telangana is a police State,
Mr. Reddy said.
The TPCC chief also alleged that KCR is working in the interest of Seemandhra contractors. “Why global
competitive tenders were not called for Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme or Kaleshwaram
Project? Who favoured Seemandhra contractors by manipulating tenders?, he asked.
Mr. Vikramarka said the Chief Minister is rattled by the Nerella incident and advised him to be
graceful in his language. Instead of taking action against the police involved in torturing of Dalits,
he is showing his frustration on the Congress.
“Is it a crime to go to court? If the court is accepting writ petitions on Government Orders, it means
the government has not done its job properly, and he better blame the Law Department than the Congress
or others who have gone to court,” Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah said.
He asked the Government to reveal the ownership of all the pubs in the city to show who promoted pub
and drug culture in the city.
KCR arrogant: Jana
Earlier, CLP leader K Jana Reddy lambasted the Chief Minister for blaming Congress to cover up his
failures in fulfilling his promises. The court stays on various decisions show his desperation and the
increasing pressure from people to deliver. He reminded that Courts will intervene whenever
constitutional rights are violated.
“Your arrogance has created the situation where every decision of the government is landing in courts,”
Mr Reddy said.