Addressing a massive public meeting at Medchal on Friday evening, Sonia Gandhi delivered one of the most emotional speeches while embossing her relationship with Telangana.
She began her speech by extending greetings on the occasion of ‘Karthika Purnima’ to the people of Telangana. “Today I’m feeling as happy as a mother would feel after looking at her child,” she said in her opening remarks.
She said formation of Telangana was not an easy task and it was created several difficulties. She said it were the sentiments and spirit of people of Telangana that strengthened her resolve, along with Dr. Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, to take such a major decision while keeping the interest of both people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in mind.
She said Telangana was given by the Congress party after a heavy prices and suffering huge political loss. “We did not do injustice to the people of Andhra Pradesh and made several provisions including Special Category Status to do justice,” she said and assured that the Congress was still committed for granting the SCS for AP.
Sonia Gandhi said every mother wants her children to grow and prosper properly, live a happy life and wish for fulfilment of all their dreams. However, she said, she feels pained after looking at the conditions in Telangana. “The development which should have happened did not take place.
The dream which you have seen at the time of Telangana formation, remained unaccomplished. “Neeru, Nidhulu, Niyamakalu” (water, funds and employment) did not reach the people. Farmers did not get water or support and their conditions turned so worse that many farmers committed suicide, she said.
She also slammed the TRS Government for not implementing the Land Acquisition Act introduced by previous UPA Government to ensure justice for displaced farmers. She said jobs were not given to youth causing them huge disappointment.
Stating that she used to speak about the success of women SHGs with huge proud wherever she went in India, she alleged that TRS Government finished the relevance of women Self Help Groups.
Dalit, Girijans, minorities and other weaker sections remained disappointed. “What TRS did to change the lives of youth, students and women? They did everything for themselves and their loved ones,” she said.
Referring to the unkept promises of TRS Government, Sonia Gandhi said that people who are not committed to their words were not reliable and lack credibility. “If a child is not taken care immediately after birth, he faces several difficulties in his life in future.
Unfortunately, your lives fell into the hands of those who took care of themselves, but left you alone to your fate,” she said.
Sonia Gandhi said elections provide people an opportunity to get rid of their difficulties. She said that the Congress party and its allies have studied, understood and compiled the needs of all sections of the society in the manifesto. Therefore, she said people should realise the power of their vote and use it to teach their betrayers a lesson in next elections.
She appealed to the people to vote for the Congress and our allied parties in the elections to play a role in real development of Telangana.
She concluded her speech with the slogans “Jai Hind, Jai Telangana”.
People’s Front will fulfil people’s aspirations: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI have joined hands to form People’s Front to accomplish the unrealised dreams of people of Telangana State. “This alliance would be echo the voice of youth, farmers and women. It will fight for the fulfilment of your dream which made you struggle for Telangana.
It will work to fulfil your aspirations which remained neglected by KCR regime,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi alleged that Telangana was ruled only by one individual during the last four-and-a-half years. He acted as per his will and benefitted his own family. “People’s Front Government will not work for an individual. It will work for all the people of Telangana.
It will solve the problems of farmers and provide jobs to youth. It will take entire people of Telangana along,” he said.
The Congress president said Sonia Gandhi stood beside the people when they fought for Telangana State and shared the same dream. “Telangana became a reality due to the blood and sweat shed by the people. I can proudly say that Sonia Gandhi too had a role in its formation,” he said.
People’s Front will form government on Dec 12: Uttam
TPCC President Capt. Uttam Kumar Reddy, in his brief speech, claimed that the People’s Front, comprising of Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI, would form the next government in Telangana on December 12.
He appealed all the Congress workers across the Telangana State to work in close coordination with the alliance parties to ensure victory of all candidates of People’s Front.
Uttam said that the people of Telangana have decided to end the KCR rule and bury TRS on December 7. He said that the next People’s Front government would waive off crop loans upto Rs. 2 lakh in a single take.
Creation of jobs will be given top priority and the jobless youth will be given an Unemployment Allowance of Rs. 3,000 per month. He said pension amount for all categories of beneficiaries would be doubled.
The TPCC Chief accused KCR of indulging in some insane talk. He said that the Congress party was contesting on more than 90 seats and therefore, it was TRS party’s false propaganda that it could be influenced by others.
He alleged that KCR has mortgaged the interest of Telangana before Prime Minister Narender Modi and failed to get anything for the State which was promised in the AP Reorganisation Act.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the countdown has begun for KCR to retire permanently at his farm house.
Many prominent leaders including Chevella MP Konda Vishweshar Reddy, Yadava Reddy, Jagadish Reddy, Pratap Reddy and other leaders from TRS joined the Congress party on the occasion.
Telangana TDP President L. Ramana, TJS President Prof. M. Kodandaram, CPI State Secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and senior leaders of Congress party addressed the meeting. Balladeer Gadar met Sonia Gandhi on the stage and also recited a few lines from his famous song ‘Podusthunna Poddumeeda’. (INN)