Hyderabad: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has alleged that nine years after the formation of the state, the promise of golden Telangana has been “broken” as it has been “betrayed” by the BJP governments in Delhi and BRS in Hyderabad. The party also claimed that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his family have established “family rule” and taken the state back to the past by “ruling like the Nizams”. The top decision-making body of the Congress appealed to the people of the state to vote for the party in the upcoming assembly and Parliament elections. “It is time to rekindle the dream of ‘Bangaru’ (Golden) Telangana and give the people of Telangana the future they deserve,” the CWC said in its appeal to voters at its first meeting here.
Congress said, the struggle of the people of Telangana succeeded with the creation of Telangana state in 2014. “The people of Telangana hoped and wished for a ‘Bangaru’ Telangana, where they would chart their future with Nidhilu, Neelu, Nigamlu – resources, water, employment – for all,” the party said. In its statement, CWC recalled the important role of Congress during the formation of Telangana state. “(Former) UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly heeded the voice of the people of Telangana, consulted every stakeholder and overcame every political challenge,” the CWC said. In her appeal to voters she said, “Yet, nine years after the formation of Telangana, the CWC notes with sadness that the promise of golden Telangana has been broken, betrayed by both the Delhi and Hyderabad governments.” He claimed that the dream for which people fought for Telangana has remained unfulfilled. The Congress alleged that the resources of the new state meant for its people have been “appropriated by those in power”. “Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his family have established family rule and are not listening to the voice of the people,” the party said. It said that instead of promising a bright future, he has pushed the state into the past by ruling like the Nizams. The statement said Congress has launched a public outreach program against this “misgovernance”, starting with the Bharat Jodo Yatra, when former party chief Rahul Gandhi traveled 405 km across eight districts. The CWC said thousands of people shared their experiences of the BJP governments in Delhi and the BRS governments in Hyderabad, both of which enriched a select few at the expense of the poor, farmers, Dalits, tribals and minorities. It said, Congress has always worked for a strong and inclusive economy across India whose benefits reach all. It said the Congress’s track record in Telangana over decades reflects its commitment to an inclusive economy through measures such as land rights, a strong public sector that has given impetus to the private sector, MNREGA and statehood.