Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president and MP, Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, on 20 October, claimed that the Congress was set to win the Dubbak Assembly by-elections by a huge majority.

Addressing various meetings in Thoguta, Mirdoddi, and Dubbaka, he said that the TRS would suffer a severe shock in Dubbak by-elections as the ruling party leaders have failed to convince the people. "People have realised that the TRS government has failed on all fronts and it never honoured the promises it made to the people. TRS leaders have played similar stunts in all by-elections and claimed that voting for the Congress would not help in the development of constituencies and only TRS can bring development. They make huge promises and forget them once the election is over. They did the same in all by-elections, including Huzurnagar by-elections, and now they are trying to pull the same stunt in Dubbak. But this time, people have realised that they have been cheated and have decided to vote for Congress candidate Ch. Srinivas Reddy," he said.

The Congress MP blamed Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for the loss of lives and properties in the heavy rains and floods that hit Telangana. He said the Chief Minister did not visit any affected areas to inspect the relief measures and to instill confidence among the affected people. The financial assistance of Rs. 10,000 per family is too less and will not compensate for the losses, he said, adding the Chief Minister's announcement of Rs. 1 lakh each for totally collapsed houses and Rs. 50,000 each for partially damaged houses added insult to injury.

"Will CM KCR or any other TRS leader take the responsibility of repairing a totally damaged house in just Rs. 1 lakh or repair damages with just Rs. 50,000? The state government did not take into account the damage caused to electronic and other household items. Each family has suffered losses of not less than Rs. 5 lakh. But the state wants to wash its hands off by paying just Rs. 10,000," he alleged.

The TPCC chief also condemned the Chief Minister for neglecting the farm sector and silently supporting the three anti-farmer Bills passed by the BJP government. "When the TRS government could convene a special session of Assembly to amend the Municipal Act, why could it not hold a session to override the controversial laws? KCR did not even attend the Assembly session so as to avoid passing a resolution against the BJP government’s anti-farmer Bills," he alleged.

He said standing crops spread across lakhs of acres of land were lost due to the ongoing heavy rains and floods. He said the state government did not issue any guidelines to enumerate the losses so as to pay compensation to the affected farmers. It was due to KCR’s negligence that farmers have no crop insurance this season, the Congress leader alleged, adding that the welfare schemes of the TRS government were just hype and did not help the farmers in any manner. He appealed to the farmers of Dubbak constituency to support the Congress. He expressed fear that the TRS would take away huge chunks of land from farmers if it wins the Dubbak by-elections.

The TPCC chief also appealed to the youth to vote for the Congress and pointed out that the KCR government has not honoured its promise to give an unemployment allowance of Rs. 3,016 to jobless youths even after two years. "KCR will mend ways if he loses Dubbak by-elections. He will immediately start honouring all the promises that he has made to the people. However, if the TRS wins, it will continue cheating the people and no promises will be fulfilled ever," he said.

The MP also said that the public response to the Congress campaign has been tremendous and its candidate Srinivas Reddy is enjoying huge support. He expressed confidence that his party would create history by winning the Dubbak by-elections and this would prove to be the beginning of the end for the KCR regime.

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