Hyderabad: While advising to opposition parties to act with a sense of responsibility, TRS supremo and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said it was people’s mandate that gave the party a constant wave of success. The CM further termed it as a rare case in Indian politics that no political party ever won a series of elections that too with a grand voting percentage.

While congratulating party cadres, leaders, MLAs, MLCs and ministers, KCR said: “TRS swept municipalities and corporations with over 53 per cent vote, which is rare in Indian politics. We continuously won Assembly, Lok Sabha and recently Zilla Parishads, and now municipal polls. We won 32 Zilla Parishads out of 33 districts in Telangana. I don’t think any party tasted such victory in India. After several obstacles, including court cases by opposition parties, we went ahead for municipal elections.

Elaborating on ups and downs in politics, KCR recalled how political stalwarts such as Indira Gandhi and NT Rama Rao faced debacles in their career. The CM further elaborated an incident during the regime of late NT Rama Rao, the then Chief Minister of united AP.

“After the liquor ban, NT Rama Rao hiked tax rates to recoup the revenue gap. The TDP faced bitter experience in the subsequent local body elections. That’s how sensible are the local body elections. We too increased the RTC bus fare. We told the people under what circumstances; we hiked the bus fares. But Telanganites understood the economy, government and plight of TSRTC,” remarked KCR.

Expressing anguish over the bad propaganda on social media against the TRS government, KCR advised opposition parties to stop such uncultured acts and cautioned them otherwise such bad practice would boomerang to them.

“Opposition parties said that I was misutilising power. Have you ever seen me campaigning in municipal elections? I never toured before the elections. All our ministers mostly confined themselves to their districts. KT Rama Rao campaigned in his home constituency and went to Davos. So where’s the question arises on misutilisation of power. We just released campaigning material worth Rs80 lakh,” further added KCR.

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