Turning their heat on the incumbent Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao , UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked him for running a “family rule” in Telangana and “failing” to respond to the aspirations of people of the state.
Sonia Gandhi, on her maiden visit to Telangana after the formation of the state in June 2014, recalled the problems the Congress party faced due to its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
In a show of strength by the Congress-led opposition alliance, leaders of its constituents—the TDP, Telangana Jana Samiti and CPI—shared the dais with them at an election rally at Medchal on the city’s outskirts.
She said despite being aware of adverse political consequences, the Congress went ahead and created Telangana, and paid the price in the elections that followed.
“It (carving out Telangana) was not an easy task. It was no small decision. But former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party decided to form Telangana state,” she told the rally.
In his attack on KCR, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said “only one man ran Telangana for the last five years. He did whatever came to his mind for his family”.
“I am asking what did the TRS government do for dalits, tribals, backward classes…what promises were fulifilled?” he said and predicted that the TRS rule was all set to end.
The Congress leader said it was to provide jobs to the unemployed youth and to address the problems of farmers that the Congress had formed an alliance with the TDP, CPI and the TJS.
“The alliance government will work for the people and not for one person. The dreams for which you fought (for creation of Telangana) the CM did not fulfil. This alliance with fulfil them,” he said.