Kosgi/Khammam, (Telangana): Jointly campaigning with foe-turned-friend TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Telangana, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asserted the ‘People’s Front’ will not just come to power in the southern state but will also defeat the Modi-led BJP in 2019. Sharing the dais With Naidu at their first public meeting at Khammam, Gandhi called the state’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) the “B-team” of Prime Minister Modi and flayed the K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR)-led government for farmers’ distress and rising unemployment in Telangana. Simultaneously attacking Modi and KCR, Gandhi alleged that both the BJP government at Centre and TRS government in the state were insensitive to the plight of farmers and workers. He promised to waive farm loans and providing minimum support price for 17 crops if the Congress was voted to power in the state. “This fight is not just for Telangana but for the future of India. In Delhi Modi is busy destroying democratic institutions one after the other — be it the Supreme Court, or the Election Commission and the Reserve Bank of India.
Exuding confidence of the alliance coming to power in the state, Gandhi said the Khammam public meeting was not just historic for the state but also for Indian politics. Besides the Congress and the TDP, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) are constituents of the ‘People’s Front’. Among others to share the dais were CPI leader S. Sudhakar Reddy, TJS leader M. Kodandaram, revolutionary Telugu balladeer Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as Gaddar and Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) leader Manda Krishna Madiga.
“When we were fighting over land acquisition Bill in Parliament, the TRS was helping BJP. TRS helped RSS and Modi in every Bill. TRS is not Telangana Rashtra Samithi, it is Telangana Rashtra Sanghpariwar. It is the ‘B-team’ of Sangh Pariwar. TRS’ aim is that Congress should not oust the BJP at the national level,” he said. Gandhi blamed the Rao-led government for giving employment to his family members while failing to give jobs to crores of unemployed youths. (IANS)