Despite several chances to rule, Congress never supplied farmers with power 24 hours a day, says CM KCR

Hyderabad:  Seeking votes for the BRS in the November 30 assembly polls, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday attacked the Congress over the issue of power supply and cautioned farmers that if the opposition party came to power, they would lose control of their lands.

Stating that the grand old party, despite being given several chances to rule earlier, failed to provide power supply to farmers 24 hours a day, Rao said if the Congress came to power, it would also abolish Dharani, the state government’s land management portal, leaving farmers in the lurch.

KCR was speaking at a rally in Sircilla, about 150 km from here. It is the constituency from which his son and BRS Working President K T Rama Rao is contesting in the assembly poll.

Pointing out that Telangana farmers produce three crore tonnes of paddy annually, he attacked the opposition saying, “Congress leaders say only three hours of power supply (a day) is enough (for farmers). They say why KCR is giving 24 hours unnecessarily.

“This hopeless Congress was given many opportunities earlier. Sixty years they only ruled. Never during their tenure, they gave 24 hours power.” Stating that there is no 24-hours-a-day power supply even in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, he said it was possible to supply power 24X7 only due to his persistent efforts after he became chief minister.

On the land portal Dharani, he warned that Congress leaders, including AICC leader Rahul Gandhi, say they would abolish it.

“Congress party leaders, PCC President, CLP leader and Rahul Gandhi, also said Dharani will be thrown in the Bay of Bengal if they come to power. You farmers please decide whether the control on your land should be with you or with the officials at various stages,” he told the public gathering.

He said land rates in Telangana have increased phenomenally as a result of development taking place and that the state has become the number one in per capita income and power consumption.

Listing out the welfare schemes implemented by the BRS regime, Rao said in order to provide work to weavers in Sircilla and other places, his government was giving free sarees to women folk, free of cost, under the Bathukamma Sarees scheme.