Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has strongly reacted to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao‘s decision to nominate his nephew J. Santosh Kumar as the TRS candidate for Rajya Sabha elections and accused him of giving political jobs to his relatives while completely neglecting the jobless youth in the State.
Interacting with Congress party workers on social media platform Facebook on Sunday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said Santosh Kumar is the fourth member of KCR family who has been elevated to top position.
KCR’s son K. Tarakarama Rao and nephew T. Harish Rao are the ministers while daughter K. Kavitha is the Nizamabad MP. Now Santosh Kumar is being made a member of Rajya Sabha. “Instead of taking measures to eradicate unemployment from Telangana, KCR appears to be focussed on accommodating his jobless relatives on top positions,” he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy was replying to a call made by a Congress worker, Naveen, from Devarkonda. He complained that the TRS Government has failed to fill vacancies in government departments.
In his reply, Uttam Kumar Reddy said KCR was totally focussed on his family while the Congress party has made a ST candidate Balram Naik as it candidate. He said Telangana became a reality due to the struggle of youth and students.
While addressing the first session of Telangana Assembly, KCR himself had admitted of 1.07 lakh vacancies in government which he promised to fill. However, he said that the government did not even fill 7,000 vacancies.
Stating that the Congress party was all set to return to power in next elections, he promised that the next Congress Government would create lakhs of vacancies and would also provide unemployment allowance of Rs. 3,000 per month to all jobless youth.
Replying to calls by party cadre from different parts of Telangana State, Uttam Kumar Reddy asked people to be cautious against KCR’s new stunt of ‘Third Front’.
He said instead of answering people’s questions on lack of performance during the last four years, KCR has been talking about ‘Third Front’ to divert attention from his failures. Stating that the TRS would not win even one Lok Sabha seat in next elections, he said KCR’s proposed front would be totally irrelevant.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also described the first phase of Praja Chaitanya Bus Yatra as highly successful. He informed that 17 Assembly segments were covered from February 26 to March 8, which includes three day break for Holi festival. He said that the bus yatra has given party High Command an opportunity to analyse its strengths and weaknesses.
He lauded the role played by Congress workers during the bus yatra and described them as true soldiers of Congress party. He asked them to move forward with the same spirit.
He said bus yatra has been stopped for two weeks in view of Telangana Assembly’s budget session beginning from March 12. He said bus yatra would be resumed immediately after budget session.
A Congress worker from Bellampally of Manchrial, Praveen Kumar, pointed out that the problems of funds, jobs and water remained unresolved even four years after formation of Telangana.
Another worker, Naresh from Palakurthy of Warangal, alleged that there were lot of irregularities in execution of Mission Kakatiya and other schemes. When Mallesh of Wanaparthy complained that VAOs were being paid a paltry sum of Rs. 3,000 per month as salary, Uttam Kumar Reddy assured that the next Congress Government would increase the salaries of VOAs to Rs. 10,000 per month.
Congress supports 33% quota for women: Uttam
Earlier in the day, the TPCC Chief addressed a women’s meeting at Ameenpur village of Medak district in connection with International Women’s Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party was in full favour of giving 33% reservation to women in legislative bodies like Assembly and Parliament. He said that the Congress party has always formulated policies that empowered women in all spheres of life.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said two women have played a major role in turning the 60 year dream of Telangana into a reality. While UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi granted statehood for Telangana, the then Lok Sabha Meira Kumar played a crucial role in getting the Bill passed in the Lower House.
He said that the Congress party would give prominence to women both in the party and government.
The TPCC chief also slammed TRS Government for neglecting women and condemned KCR for not inducting a single woman minister in his cabinet.
He said there was no clarity on who is incharge of Women’s Welfare portfolio in KCR Government. He also mentioned various initiatives that the Congress party proposes to take after it comes to power in next elections.
The meeting was also addressed by former Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha, MLA D.K. Aruna, Mahila Congress president Nerella Sharada and other leaders. (INN)