Dalit organisations felicitate Etala Rajender for forcing govt to announce Dalit bandhu

K M Dayashankar


Etala alleges CM failed to fulfil the promise of making dalit as CM of Telangana and distribution of three acres of land to dalits

There is no budget in state and CM is cheating people on distributing Dalit bandhu to all dalits in state


KARIMNAGAR:  Several dalit organisations have felicitated former Health Minister and BJP Etala Rajender for securing Dalit bandhu scheme to the dalits of the Huzurabad assembly segment in Jammikunta town on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajender said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who was in active politics for last 38 years in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state, told several times that dalits were still underprivileged and stated that the dalits empowerment would be possible only if they were given power.

Accordingly, Mr KCR had made tall promises during the statehood movement that the dalit would be made first Chief Minister of Telangana state. “If the dalit is not made CM in Telangana, he will axe his head”, he quoted CM as saying and added he failed to fulfil the promise”, he reminded. Mr Rao also promised three acres of land to the dalits, which also remained a distant dream, he stated.

He charged that the Chief Minister was cheating the dalits with the promise of providing dalit bandhu all the families in the state within four years. “The dalit bandhu to all the dalits in the state will not be possible in another 40 years also as the government does not have money. I know the financial position of the state as I worked as the Finance Minister”, he claimed.

Every year, the government was paying Rs 60,000 crore for debts, Rs 40,000 crore for salaries, Rs 15,000 crore for rythu bandhu, another Rs 15,000 crore for power bills and Rs 10,000 crore for other expenses, he said and asked what was left in the state budget? If the government was having the adequate budget, then why it was not providing salaries to the midday meal workers, contract and outsourcing staff, he grilled.

Referring to the Ministers and legislators who were making allegations against him by visiting Huzurabad segment, he asked whether they have the guts to demand the Chief Minister to implement the Dalit bandhu in their respective segments. Reiterating that he was winning from the Huzurabad assembly segment by-elections, he said that the TRS had already spent Rs 192 crore and plans to spend another Rs 500 crore in the elections.

But, the people of the segment would definitely protect the democracy by electing him with a thumping majority. “My victory is not for me alone, it is all the people’s victory and I will be their voice in the assembly”, he pointed out. Former legislator Bodige Shoba, SCF state president Medi Ramana, Madiga Hakkula Dondora president Sunil, Mala Mahanadu state leader Seelam Srinu and others were also present.

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