Telangana neglected in Budget 2021, says Congress

Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the BJP government is misusing public exchequer for political gains by focusing on poll-bound states.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Uttam Kumar Reddy
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Uttam Kumar Reddy
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Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy on Monday said the Union government neglected the state in Union Budget 2021-22. He termed the budget as highly disappointing and said Telangana remained neglected in fund allocations.

"BJP government is misusing public exchequer for political gains. More allocations were made for election-bound states while other states were totally neglected," said Uttam Kumar Reddy, also a member of Lok Sabha.

"BJP government has failed to ensure equitable distribution of resources among all states. This is a wrong practice and if it continues, then all states will get new projects and funds only during election years," he added.

Another Congress MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said the Union government and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman turned a blind eye towards Telangana.

He said no special assistance has been granted to Telangana, which was badly hit by the unplanned lockdown in 2020. He alleged that the spirit of cooperative federalism has been withered by the Narendra Modi government.

Interestingly there was no reaction from the state government or ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to the Union Budget till late in the night.

Unlike in the past when Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao used to issue statements after presentation of budgets, there was no reaction from him on Monday.

Chief Minister's son and Industry Minister KT Rama Rao, who frequently takes to Twitter to react to important developments, was also silent.

The budget is a huge disappointment for KTR as he had written letters to the Union ministers over the last few weeks seeking allocations for various projects proposed or undertaken by the state.

Last week, KTR recalled that he wrote numerous letters to the Union government regarding the need for industrial corridors between Hyderabad-Nagpur, Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Ramagundam and sought support for the Pharma City and the Warangal Textile Park. He also commented that the Union ministers were paying mere lip service by praising Telangana for its various achievements but not making the allocations.

Meanwhile, state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay termed Union Budget a brilliant Budget beneficial to every citizen of India. He tweeted that the Budget is filled with optimism and is a statement of promise for inclusive growth towards 'Sab ka Vishwas.'

He thanked the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for unleashing a fiscal plan towards making a resurgent India.

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