The Telangana unit of the Congress on Wednesday protested against the poor condition of roads in Hyderabad. However, the manner in which its workers chose to protest was disheartening! They littered the pothole-ridden roads with pictures of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President KT Rama Rao. In one area, they floated pictures of KCR and KTR in a puddle of water in a massive pothole.
The Congress workers, led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Minorities Department Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, visited different areas of the city and scattered pictures of KCR and KTR on the roads.
“The father-son duo is directly responsible for the pathetic condition of roads in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. KCR has no time to visit any area of the city to check on the bad condition of roads while his son KTR, who held the portfolio of Municipal Administration for five years till December 2018, is busy with political activities. The CM is living a lavish lifestyle in his palace ‘Pragathi Bhavan’ and KTR is available only on Twitter,” Sohail told reporters.
The Congress workers also claimed that the TRS secured votes for their party in the previous Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections by ‘misleading’ the people of Hyderabad.
Claiming that the ‘killer roads’ had injured thousands and even taken lives in the last few years since the TRS won the GHMC elections, Sohail said, “GHMC cannot get away by blaming the recent rains for the bad conditions of our roads. GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore himself has admitted that there are more than 4,000 potholes on the city’s roads. But in reality, the number is much higher. When GHMC authorities are able to count the number of potholes, why can’t they fill them up immediately?”
The Congress also demanded that the police register cases under Section 304A (death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against GHMC officials for accident cases that occur due to bad roads.
Meanwhile, the party defended littering the roads by claiming that they scattered the photos on the road so that commuters could see and remember who was responsible for the bad condition of the road that they were travelling on. However, in the process of doing so, the leaders have only added littering to the problems that already exist.