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“Stop making fake promises from New Year,” Shabbir Ali tells KCR

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Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir advised Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to adopt a resolution this New Year of not making any more false promises.

Addressing a press conference at Congress Legislature Party office here on Thursday, Shabbir Ali said that KCR was busy throughout 2015 making false promises, taking U-turns and encouraging defections. At least in 2016, KCR should avoid such things and resolve to live a decent and straight political life. “Please stop making false promises from this New Year,” said Shabbir Ali in the New Year Greeting Card which he has sent to the Chief Minister.

Shabbir Ali said over two dozen legislators and other elected representatives including ZP Chairmen, MPTC, ZPTC and Sarpanches of opposition parties were lured into TRS during 2015. Instead of strengthening the Telangana State, KCR completely focussed on increasing his party’s tally. He must avoid this kind of politics in 2016, he advised.

He said KCR began the year 2015 by making a fake promise on January 1st itself. Speaking after inaugurating the Numaish, he promised to transfer land to the Exhibition Society. “Even after one year, the promise is not fulfilled. With what face KCR will inaugurate the Exhibition tomorrow?” he asked.

Shabbir Ali said that 2015 was disastrous for farmers. One farmer suicide was reported in every 3-4 hours. Instead of giving them hope and assurance, TRS Government entered into denial mode and provided no help to the affected families. Similarly, none of 213 mandals which were declared drought hit got any assistance from the Centre. He said that the ‘Cash for Vote’ and ‘Phone Tapping’ cases would remain mysterious forever. Having promised action against each other and unleashing a series of harsh statements, both Chief Ministers – KCR and Chandrababu Naidu, turned close friends. Now both are exchanging greetings and gifts while hushing up the investigation into both the cases.

The Congress leaders also condemned the TRS Government for killing of five Muslim undertrials in Alair Encounter and killing of Shruti and Vidyasagar in Warangal encounter. He said that the SIT constituted by the TRS Government to probe Alair encounter is yet to begin probe. Similarly, the KG to PG free education promise remained a non-starter. Dozens of engineering and professional colleges were closed while thousands of students discontinued higher education due to non-payment of Fee Reimbursement dues and scholarships. The Universities remained headless without any Vice-Chancellor during 2015.

Shabbir Ali accused the TRS Government of cheating youth on the promise of giving one lakh jobs. So far, not a single appointment has been made although process has been initiated to fill a few thousand vacancies. He also slammed KCR for turning Telangana into a bankrupt State. He said that the Telangana State had a revenue surplus of Rs. 7,500 crore at the time of its formation. However, now the State is into the debts of over Rs. 70,000 crore.

The Congress leader said that the TRS Government has completely damaged ‘Brand Hyderabad’. He said tall claims and fake promises have shatterred the city’s image. Citing instances, he said the local residents have removed and thrown away the foundation stone plaques of 2BKH houses which were laid by Panchayat Raj Minister K. Tarakarama Rao a few days ago. Further, he said TRS and MIM leaders have been collecting thousands of applications for 2BHK houses from poor residents. He reminded that the Chief Minister has sanctioned only 400 units per Assembly constituency and the local MLA is authorised to recommend only 200 houses. Therefore, all MIM MLAs, put together, could recommend only 1400 houses. But they are accepting nearly 4-5,000 applications every day at Darulsalaam.

Shabbir Ali also condemned KCR for not holding Assembly session on regular basis. While the previous Congress regime had set a record of holding session for 51 days in a year, in 2015, the session did not last for even 20 days. He said this shows KCR’s utter disrespect for Assembly and Constitution. He advised KCR to start believing in ethics and moral from the New Year. (INN)