Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao says ‘Prove your charge, I will quit politics’
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday said the he will resign and quit politics if the Congress party proved its charge that the agreement he entered into with his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis for construction of a barrage at Tummidihatti violated the accord that the previous Congress government had made with that State.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao said, “I will not go home, i will drive straight into Raj Bhavan to tender my resignation to the Governor if Telangana, Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy can come down here in about an hour with the copy of the agreement between Congress Government and Maharashtra.
He also said “I will also take political sanyas,” in a public meeting at the Begumpet airport on his arrival from Mumbai after signing the agreement with Maharashtra on irrigation projects.
Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao’s words are in response to the claims of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Uttam Kumar Reddy and Congress Legislature Party leader K. Jana Reddy. At the Congress-sponsored dharna at Ranga Reddy district Collectorate on Tuesday, the TRS government had let down Telangana by signing the agreement with Maharashtra for construction of barrage with a height of 148 metres while the Congress government had roped in that State to agree to 152 metres in 2008. Mr. Rao had challenged the Congress Party leaders that he would wait for their arrival with a copy of the agreement. He also said that they might have to go to jail if they could not prove their charges.
CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao would shortly take a bus yatra in districts and participate in debates on TV channels for the next 3 months to expose the parties. He said that he was not one to be distracted from his conviction to develop irrigation in the State by the “false propaganda” of the Congress, TDP and BJP. Rather, he would work for supply of water for two crops from all projects by 2018.
Mr. Rao said that as in Telangana issue, he had given a call to people to “stone him to death”. Now he again giving a similar call, if he could not ensure irrigation of one crore acres in the State by Krishna and Godavari rivers.
A delegation of TRS MPs would take up with the Centre and the demand for allocation of surplus water available in the Godavari to Telangana. The Telangana State would demand 700 to 800 TMC ft out of 1,500 TMC ft of surplus water in the river.
The allocation of assured water to the Telangana State is 950 TMC ft. dharna at Ranga Reddy district Collectorate on Tuesday that the TRS government had let down Telangana by signing the agreement with Maharashtra for construction of barrage with a height of 148 metres while the Congress government had roped in that State to agree to 152 metres in 2008. Mr. Rao challenged the Congress leaders that he would wait for their arrival with a copy of the agreement.