Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K T Rama Rao on Monday hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stating that the Centre frequently copied the schemes implemented by their government in Telangana.
“They copy our schemes and give them new names. Our Rythu Bandhu was copied and was named PM KISAN, which they tried to implement it in a hurry before the Lok Sabha polls. Our Mission Bhagiratha was copied and is now called Jal Shakti Abhiyan. Ayushman Bharat is a copy of our Aarogyasri but it is not as good as the State scheme,” KTR was quoted as saying.
KTR was addressing a meeting of party workers in Kukatpally. At the event, the former state minister accused BJP Working President JP Nadda of spreading lies about Telangana.
Claiming that "BJP and Nadda’s Karnataka model politics" would not work in Telangana, KTR also told the gathering, “The BJP leaders do not want peaceful co-existence of people of all religions. They want to split the community and rule them. Such tactics will not work in Telangana.”
During a visit to Hyderabad on Sunday, Nadda had lashed out at the TRS government, saying that it was neck-deep in corruption and alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was interested only in promoting his family in politics.
On his maiden visit to Telangana after taking over the key party post, Nadda called upon the party cadre to send the TRS government packing "lock stock and barrel" and work to bring the BJP to power in 2023. The BJP would "re-write the destiny of Telangana", he added.
The BJP's morale is high after winning four Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party not only retained its Secunderabad seat but also wrested three seats from the TRS.
BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited Hyderabad last month to launch the membership campaign.
Telangana BJP chief K Laxman has already announced that the BJP President will visit Telangana every month as part of the party's plans to strengthen itself, and to emerge as a major force by the 2023 Assembly polls in the state.