Mahabubnagar (Telangana) [India], October 1 (ANI): As only a few months are left for the Assembly elections in Telangana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sounded the Bharatiya Janata Party's poll bugle in the state by cornering its political opponents-- BRS and Congress-- on dynastic politics and corruption.
Hitting out at both Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) and Congress, the Prime Minister said that the "two family-run parties" known for corruption and commission have halted the progress of the poll-bound state.
Addressing a gathering in Mahabubnagar, PM Modi said, "The government of Telangana is a car but the steering wheel is in the hands of someone else... The progress of Telangana has been halted by two family-run parties. Both of these family-run parties are known for their corruption and commission."The Prime Minister said that these people run their party like a private limited company, where the top posts are held by members of the family or their aides.
"Both of these parties have the same formula. The party is of the family, by the family and for the family. These people are turning democracy into a family dynasty. Their party is run like a private limited company. The president, CEO, director, treasurer, general manager, chief manager, and manager all are of the same family," he said, adding that however, they keep some people from outside as support staff. PM Modi arrived in the poll-bound state today to dedicate Rs 13,500 cr worth projects in important sectors like road, rail, petroleum and natural gas and higher education.
After the foundation laying ceremony of multiple developmental projects, PM Modi held a roadshow in Mahabubnagar, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers queuing up on both sides of the road cheering and showering flower petals on him.
"Today I had the privilege of inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of many projects for the welfare of the people of Telangana. These projects worth more than Rs 13,500 crore will take the state to new heights of development. This will also create new employment opportunities for the youth of Telangana," PM Modi said in his address.
He said that the record turnout of people in large numbers here proves that Telangana wants a BJP government.
"In recent years, people of Telangana have strengthened BJP in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and civic elections. The huge crowd gathered here proves that Telangana wants change. Telangana wants change because it wants a transparent and corruption-free government, not false promises. Telangana now wants a BJP government," he added.
Accusing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS government of corruption, PM Modi said, "The state government is minting money through schemes meant for the farmers. On the pretext of an irrigation project, corruption has taken place in Telangana.""The farmers in Telangana were promised to farm loan waivers. However, due to false promises, many farmers lost their lives. The state government never paid attention to their problems," he said.
"We don't have a government in Telangana. Despite that, we did everything to help the farmers. We restarted the Ramagundam Fertilizer plant which was closed for years," he added.
The Prime Minister went on to add that the "corrupt" KCR government does not care for the interests of tribals as it kept stalling the land allotment for a Central Tribal University to be established by the Centre for five years.
"Central government has decided to establish a Central Tribal University for Rs 900 crore in Mulugu district. It would be named after tribal goddesses Sammakka Sarakka. This university could have been built years ago if the corrupt government here had shown interest in it. Alas, the state government kept postponing the work of giving land to the university for 5 years. This shows that the Telangana government does not care about tribal interests," the Prime Minister added.
Earlier in the day, he announced the formation of a National Turmeric Board.
"After Covid, awareness about turmeric has increased and global demand has also increased. Today it is important to pay more attention professionally and take an initiative in the value chain of turmeric, from production to export... Looking at the necessity of turmeric farmers and future opportunities, the centre has decided to establish a National Turmeric Board," PM Modi said addressing the gathering here. India is a major producer, consumer and exporter of turmeric.
Farmers in Telangana particularly produce turmeric in huge quantities. Nizamabad, Nirmal and Jagtial districts are known for their huge cultivation of turmeric. The finger and bulb varieties of turmeric from here are exported abroad apart from catering to domestic and commercial needs.
Besides turmeric, there are boards for tea, coffee, spices, jute, coconut, among others. These boards help farmers market their produce, besides looking after their other needs. (ANI)