Setting a “progressive agenda” for the country, BRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao issued a rallying call to the people to fight the BJP together in order to save the country. He unveiled the party’s vision for the country, promising to replicate the Telangana model of development across the country with programmes such as Rythu Bandhu, Dalit Bandhu, drinking water, and power supply for all households.
He also stated that while the BJP’s policy was privatisation, the BRS’ agenda was nationalisation. Chandrashekhar Rao stated that if the BRS came to power, the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the Armed Forces would be abolished and the former system would be restored. He also stated that the BRS’s complete draft policy was being prepared by over 150 noted retired civil servants, former Supreme Court judges and other subject experts and would be unveiled soon.
The Chief Minister slammed the BJP and Congress at the party’s national debut public meeting in Khammam on Wednesday, ripping into their inefficiency in utilising abundant natural resources for national progress. “If these resources are utilised efficiently, India need not have to kneel before the World Bank, the US or any other country to progress,” he said.
He felt that India had lost its way in the process of elections and politics, and he stated that the BRS was formed to get India back on track. He emphasised that with 41 percent of cultivable land, approximately 70,000 TMC of water, nearly 4.1 lakh MWs of installed power capacity, and a population of over 139 crore, India possessed all of the resources necessary to become the world’s best food producer. “However, we are still importing palm oil worth Rs.1 lakh crore. Even after 75 years of independence, people in India do not have access to drinking water and electricity,” he pointed out.
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Chandrashekhar Rao criticised the Centre for failing to resolve inter-state river water disputes and demanded to know why successive governments at the Centre failed to resolve simple inter-state disputes. He noted that nearly 20 years after the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal was established, Telangana’s share of Krishna River water had yet to be determined.
“The BRS is born to trigger a thought process and question the inefficiencies in governance. People must think about whether we need to progress or remain inefficient. We will build a movement similar to the Telangana Statehood movement across the country for the nation’s progress,” he added.
The BRS chief stated that if political parties with similar ideologies to BRS came to power at the Centre in the 2024 elections, the party would ensure power supply to all within two years. He also promised free power to all farmers across the country and demanded that the BJP government stop treating farmers as thieves and dacoits.
Chandrashekhar Rao promised to implement a scheme similar to Mission Bhagiratha to provide safe drinking water to every household within five years of the BRS government taking power at the Centre, and that the ‘Make in India’ initiative had become a ‘Joke in India,’ with China bazaars on every street.
He stated that BRS was opposed to the ‘disinvestment of LIC’ and the sale of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, among other things, and that the BJP’s policy was to socialise losses and privatise profits, as well as burden people with higher prices and taxes. “Modi ji, your policy is privatisation. But our policy is nationalisation. You are trying to sell LIC. But when you will be sent home after 2024 elections, we will ensure that the Centre takes over the LIC and nationalises it,” he said.
The Chief Minister wanted lakhs of LIC employees to fight back and support BRS in their efforts to thwart these attempts. He also urged employees in the power sector to oppose privatisation of power utilities. Electricity was critical to the country’s development and should be kept in the public sector.
Chandrashekhar Rao also reacted strongly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that the government had no business to do business. “But we say the government has every business to do business wherever it is required and intervene where necessary,” he said.
He called for women’s empowerment and proposed 35 percent reservation for women in legislative houses while ensuring the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu scheme, benefiting 25 lakh families across the country every year. “Final victory will be ours. Justice and virtue will always prevail,” he said.
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