Over the past nine years, Telangana has seen impressive growth in both per capita income and per capita energy consumption. Nevertheless, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who also leads the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), believes that the region could have achieved even more progress if the Congress had fulfilled its promise of granting statehood back in 2004.
During his speeches at election rallies in Jukkal, Banswada, and Narayankhed, he pointed out that the Congress granted statehood to Telangana not out of genuine concern for its people but because it had become inevitable. He emphasized the significant delay in delivering statehood, which was announced in December 2009 but not enacted until June 2014, with an 18-month gap in between.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao urged voters to make informed choices when casting their votes, considering which political party can better serve their interests and protect the interests of Telangana. He encouraged them to assess the transformation that has taken place in their villages, constituencies, and infrastructure since 2014 before making a decision.
The Chief Minister challenged the criticisms of Congress leaders N. Uttam Kumar Reddy and A. Revanth Reddy, who questioned the effectiveness of the BRS government’s initiatives such as Rythu Bandhu, 24×7 power supply to farming, and the elimination of the Dharani system. In response, the audience at all three rallies emphatically expressed their disagreement.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao also alleged that the Congress had filed a complaint with the Election Commission in an attempt to obstruct the second-phase implementation of the crop loan waiver announced in 2018. He assured the people that after the elections, the remaining eligible farmers would benefit from the scheme, highlighting that no other state in India had implemented a crop loan waiver on the scale of Telangana’s ₹37,000 crore.
Regarding the pending work on the Lendi project in the Jukkal constituency, he mentioned that Maharashtra had halted its participation, and he pledged to engage with the authorities of the neighboring state after the elections to complete the canals on the Telangana side. Additionally, he committed to finishing the Basaveshwara lift, which will irrigate 1.85 lakh acres in Narayankhed, the Nagamgundu lift, which will serve 40,000 acres in Jukkal, and the Narayankhed-Masanpally road after the elections.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao addressed the minority communities at these gatherings, assuring them of his dedication to maintaining communal harmony during his tenure and seeking their support for BRS candidates in the three constituencies.