Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday launched a blistering attack against BJP national president Amit Shah, and tore apart his claims of Central funds to the state with all the statistics.
Rebutting Shah’s claims of the Centre extending financial support to the extent of Rs 1 lakh crore, KCR dismissed it as nothing but a pack of blatant lies.
Addressing an eagerly waiting media after the BJP president’s criticism on the TRS government during his three-day long Telangana tour, the Chief Minister packing his rebuttal with punch, facts and figures, and called him Bramit Shah.
A visibly upset KCR listed various inconsistencies in Shah’s claims on Central assistance to Telangana. Contrary to the BJP president’s claim of the Centre extending Rs 1 lakh crore financial aid to the State, it was the State which was making a hefty contribution to the Central kitty, the Chief Minister said.
“In 2016-17, the contribution from the state to the Centre, including Income Tax (Rs 32,186 crore), Service Tax (Rs 7,671 crore), Customs Duty (Rs 3,328 crore) and others amounted to Rs 50,013 crore, while the total Central assistance to the State during the year, including support for welfare programmes, was only Rs 24,561 crore,” he said, adding that Telangana figured among the top six or seven States contributing maximum to the Central funds.
Pointing out that the financial support the State had received from the Centre was less than 50 per cent of the State’s contribution to the Union government, the Chief Minister said given the ground reality, it was pathetic for Shah to make such allegations. “Shah also spoke of the Centre giving an additional Rs 20,000 crore annually to Telangana State. Leave alone Rs 20,000 crore, I challenge him to show additional Central assistance of even Rs 2,000 crore,” he said.
“I really don’t know why he is indulging in such blatant lies, but it does not befit a person holding a high position. I am also not sure whether these are his views or whether the local leadership has fed him with these absurd figures,” he said, and demanded an immediate explanation from the BJP president.
Asserting that his observations were not politically motivated, KCR said: “I would have taken Shah’s claims lightly, but such allegations affect the development and growth of the State. Statehood for Telangana was achieved after a hard fought battle, and I will not accept anyone trying to belittling the aspirations of the people of the State,” he said.
“What’s the need for Amit Shah to come to Hyderabad city and tell the people that the High Court is located in Hyderabad? Why bifurcation?” KCR questioned.
Slamming Amit Shah, KCR said that the BJP would not even get a single seat in Telangana if elections are conducted here and now.
KCR demanded that Amit Shah should tender apology to the people of Telangana for his remarks before leaving the city.
KCR also recalled how senior BJP leader LK Advani had bellittled the people by saying when Hyderabad is in Telangana what was the need for separate state. Such remarks and false claims will not be tolerated anymore, KCR warned. He however, quickly added that he had no differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, reacting to KCR’s allegations, Mr Shah again repeated that the TRS government failed in helping the central schemes reach the state. Mr Shah also said that parties in Telangana had been rattled with the BJP announcing its plans for the state.