New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandarashkear Rao (KCR) on Wednesday declared his intention to take on a national role, saying the country needs an ‘alternative agenda’ in the face of the BJP’s ‘politics of division’ .
Speaking at the 21st Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Founding Day celebrations in Hyderabad, KCR criticized the BJP government at the Center, accusing it of adopting a divisive policy to cover up its failures. What has Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieved in his eight years in power, he asked.
For years, KCR’s intentions to take on a national role have been known. In the run-up to the 2019 general election, he had raised the possibility of regional parties launching a “federal front” that would offer an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress.
Presenting an “alternative agenda for nation-building”, he said his party would play a “key role” in it, adding that it would play its part to the best of its ability to “save the country”.
The BJP’s divisive policy must be curbed, he said, adding that “the situation in the country is not pleasant, no one is satisfied…an alternative program for the people is needed.”
He expressed concern about the Hindutva agenda, wondering how the country’s Hindus could be in danger when the current president, prime minister, chief justice and most chief ministers are from of the majority community.
“Cheap politics is playing out in the country, while Muslim countries and the Christian-majority United States are making efforts to accommodate Hindus with the growth of their country in mind,” KCR said.
“What has Modi done in the last 8 years? What are the achievements? In agriculture, electricity, drinking water, tribes, women – nothing has been done,” Telangana CM charged.
The Modi government is “spreading lies and trying to polarize the country for political mileage”, which will have undesirable consequences, he warned, adding that the country has fallen in all development parameters.
“If law and order break down, the country will regress. We must oppose it. We must save our country,” he said and asserted, “on behalf of our state and since our state is part of the country, I will play a part to the best of my ability.”
Stating that India has the potential to surpass the United States if the country has the right environment, the TRS chief said, “We can achieve 100% victory. To establish a program for the nation, I will work as a soldier.
During the celebrations, the TRS also passed a number of resolutions, including one that called for a key role in national politics, two years ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The resolution said the party should play a key role in national politics for the broader interest of the country, as the BJP exploits “community feelings” for its political convenience.
Moving one of the 13 resolutions, TRS incumbent chairman KT Rama Rao – KCR’s son – alleged that the NDA government had failed on all fronts and described it as a “non-performing asset (NPA) “.
“Whether it is employment, rising fuel prices, farmer issues like paddy supply and even foreign policies, the NDA led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a failure” , charged Rama Rao, who is also the state’s IT minister.
Stating that the situation should change, Rama Rao said the TRS should prepare to play a vital role in bringing about qualitative change in the country.
At the meeting, which was attended by around 3,000 delegates, TRS also passed a resolution calling for countering the ‘undemocratic attitude’ of the BJP-led Union government, saying it was eroding enshrined federal values in the constitution of India.
In addition, the party passed a resolution to fight against bigotry in order to preserve the culture of harmony in the country and that it must fight against religious fanaticism.
He also decided to control prices, which imposed an “unbearable burden on the poor and the middle class”. The bill providing for a 33% reserve for women in the legislature was expected to be passed and implemented in parliament, and called for the establishment of a Backward Caste Welfare Ministry under the Union Government, according to other resolutions. He also supported the census of the backward classes.
Speaking of these resolutions, KCR said the party reflected the sentiment that “not just Telangana (but) the whole country should grow.”
(With PTI inputs)