Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed public meetings in Begumpet and Ramagundam in Telangana on Saturday. In his Begumpet address, he slammed the ruling TRS party and Chief Minister KCR and alleged that the ruling party has developed but not the state. He said the lotus will bloom everywhere in the state: "Telangana mei har taraf kamal kilega."
Attacking the state government about alleged superstitions, Mr. Modi said, "The entire country should be aware of superstitions practiced by the state government. Superstitions determine where one should go, who stays in the Cabinet, and who does not. If Telangana is to flourish, superstitions must be eliminated."
Criticising the state government of family politics, he said, "The state needs 'people first' politics rather than 'family first' politics."
He urged the BJP cadre to reach out to every house in Telangana and inform them of the Central government schemes.
Mr. Modi then traveled to Ramagundam by air to dedicate the RFCL plant to the nation. Speaking at a public gathering there, he stressed the importance of self-reliance and the progress the country has made in the past eight years.
The Prime Minister started the meeting by greeting the farmers in Telugu. He said world economists and experts predict India will soon become the third-biggest economy. He further noted that the change in perception about India is due to the progress made in the last eight years. "The progress the country made in the last few years equals the progress made in the last 30 years," he added.
Mr. Modi said even the completion of projects has been quicker under his government and gave the example of Ramagundam Fertilizer Company Limited. "We laid the foundation in 2016, and today we are dedicating it to the nation," he added.
Schemes for farmers
The PM noted the progress made in the fertilizer sector and said, "After we came to power, the first thing we did was 100% neem coating of urea. We are also reopening five large factories that had previously been shut down."
He continued, "More than 60 lakh tonnes of urea will be generated in these factories."
Regarding subsidies in fertilizers, he said, "In the last eight years, Rs. 9.5 lakh crores have been spent to make fertilizers affordable. The international price for a bag of urea is Rs. 2,000, but farmers pay Rs. 270. Each pack of DAP fertilizer receives a Rs. 2,500 subsidy."
Throwing light on the rumors about Singareni Collieries Company Limited, he noted, "The Telangana government owns 51% of SCCL, while the Central government owns 49%. The Central government cannot decide on the privatisation of SCCL." He reiterated that there are no plans to privatise the enterprise.
The meeting in Ramagundam was attended by Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union minister G. Kishan Reddy, MPs, and MLAs. Farmers from 70 different constituencies were also present at the event.