Hyderabad: Upset over Election Commission's order to suspend Dalit Bandhu Scheme and restrict poll rallies, Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday said the poll body was crossing its limits by extending the model code of conduct to the neighboring districts of Huzarabad.

TRS had earlier decided to hold Rao's public meeting at Penchikalpet in Husnabad constituency in Siddipet district on Oct 27. Penchikalpet is about 80 km away from Huzurabad. As per the EC's Covid-19 norms, parties cannot hold a meeting with not more than 1000 people.

Till Now, Ministers T Harish Rao and Gangula Kamalakar have been campaigning for party candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav.

Neither CM nor TRS working President K.T.Rama Rao has addressed a rally so far. Rao reiterated that he would never back out on Telangana Dalit Bandhu.

KCR said he would resume the scheme in the Huzurabad assembly segment after November 4, when the model code of conduct ends.

Addressing the delegates at TRS plenary at Hitex Convention Center here after his reelection as TRS President, Rao advised the EC to maintain its dignity as a constitutional institution by not exceeding its jurisdiction.

He pointed out that some leaders were also filing cases in the courts to restrain him from holding public meetings. Urging the people of the Huzurabad constituency especially the Dalit families not to be afraid of the EC decision, the CM asserted that none can stop the implementation of the scheme after November 4.

"TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav will win the October 30 by-election with the blessings of voters of Huzurabad constituency and will resume the scheme as your MLA after November 4," he said.

He said Dalit Bandhu Scheme will be implemented before the end of December in the Huzurabad constituency. "By March next year, the scheme will be implemented in all Assembly constituencies on a pilot basis," he said.

KCR said they will also create a Dalit security fund for marginal communities. He said as part of the plan, beneficiaries would receive Rs 9.9 lakh instead of Rs 10 lakh for setting up business units under Dalit Bandhu.

The remaining Rs 10,000 from each individual beneficiary will be deposited in Dalita Rakshana Nidhi (DRN) and this fund will be used when a business unit does not perform well. "If a family suffers a loss, they will be provided some assistance to tide over the crisis," he said.

The CM said Telangana registered 11.5 percent growth last year despite a 90-day lockdown due to the Covid pandemic. Telangana's budget will be reaching Rs 4,28,000 lakh crore and the expenditure on various schemes will be Rs 23 lakh crore including for Dalit Bandhu, he said.

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