BJP Leaders Raise Objections to KTR’s Remarks About PM Modi:
BJP leaders have strongly criticized Minister K.T Rama Rao’s comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserting that the minister resorts to such topics to gain media attention. Rama Rao recently referred to PM Modi as a “trickster.”
In response to these remarks, D.K. Aruna, BJP’s national vice president, remarked, “KTR frequently levels allegations against the BJP during his visits to Mahaboobnagar district. The BRS government altered the design of the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) project and did not even submit the Detailed Project Report (DPR) until six months ago. The project, originally intended to draw water from Jurala, was shifted to Srisailam. PRLIS does not have a guaranteed water allocation. K Chandrashekar Rao accepted the allocation formula of 299 TMC of water for Telangana out of the 811 TMC available in the Krishna river.”
Aruna emphasized that there is an ample water supply at Jurala, which the state can access without interruption or permissions, unlike Srisailam, which both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have claims to. However, Telangana has not fully utilized the 299 TMC of water allocated to the region by completing necessary projects. Aruna also accused the BRS of favoring high-cost projects to secure commissions. She noted that the government has failed to compensate farmers for their acquired land, and canals for water distribution to fields have not been dug.
Regarding project negligence, she pointed out, “KCR, who previously touted the Rajolibanda diversion scheme with the capacity to irrigate 87,000 acres in Alampur assembly constituency with an expenditure of just Rs 796 crores, has neglected it. The project with a capacity of 15.9 TMC has been pending for nine years without budget allocation. It seems he intends to spend money to secure electoral victories.”
BJP’s state general secretary, Gujjula Premender Reddy, alleged that the BRS leaders lacked a clear agenda and criticized the state government for not adhering to the necessary norms to grant national status to the PRLIS project. He highlighted that the central government has provided loans at concessional interest rates and granted permissions, emphasizing that such comments are made for electoral purposes.
Reddy also noted that the central government has allocated Rs. 9 lakh crores to the Telangana State government thus far. He pointed out that the state government’s budget allocation for development projects is only Rs. 50,000 crores to Rs. 60,000 crores annually, with the remainder being utilized for salaries and other expenses. Reddy stressed the need for a double-engine government in Telangana and expressed the belief that the BRS is on the brink of defeat.