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Shabbir repeats charges against KCR

Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has accused Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and his family of encroaching upon the State exchequer.

Speaking at a “Meet-The-Press” program organized by Telangana Union of Working Journalists here on Monday, Shabbir Ali alleged that KCR diverted funds meant for departments under his control or those falling under portfolios of his son K.Taraka Ramarao or nephew T. Harish Rao. He also alleged that KCR has been using Telangana resources as his personal fiefdom. “Except KCR and his family, no one has benefited from formation of Telangana State.

“People had a lot of expectations with the formation of Telangana State. They expected that resources like water and land would be utilised for State’s development, a share in power and restoration of self-respect and culture of Telangana. But, KCR has turned their dream into a nightmare,” he said.

“KCR was neither helping the distressed farmers not visiting the kin of those who committed suicide. He also said KCR was not honest on 12% Muslim reservation. He ridiculed KCR’s contention that he would provide 12% reservation by following Tamil Nadu module, but that State was giving 69% reservation as per Schedule 9.

Asked about issues for Warangal parliamentary by-election, Ali said his party would expose the failures of TRS Government and also raise the Alair and Warangal encounters. While five Muslims were killed at Alair, Shruti and Vidya Sagar were killed by police in Warangal.

Shabbir Ali also alleged that MIM and BJP were going together to damage the Muslims across the country. He said the Congress would take on MIM in during GHMC elections. “MIM leaders have grown rich. Their assets have multiplied by many times in the last few years. But their voters and residents of Old City have remained poor. MIM-backed illegal money lenders were collecting exorbitant interest of 10% per day or 300% per month from poor vendors and auto drivers. MIM did nothing to improve the conditions of people living in the Old City,” he said.

TUWJ president Shoukat Ali Sufi, general secretary Hadi Raheel, vice-president MSJ Vara Prasad and other office-bearers were present. (NSS)