Telangana Congress Legislature Party leader, Bhatti Vikramarka, has completed 170 kilometres of his People’s March as part of Haath Se Haath Jodo Yatra, covering parts of Adilabad, Nirmal and Kommaram Bhim Asifabad district. During a press conference in Rebbena, Asifabad Constituency, Vikramarka accused the TRS government of destroying Congress government schemes that would have provided more financial resources to the people in the region, resulting in a negative impact on the local communities. He highlighted the plight of tribals in Adilabad Agency villages who have been stripped of their rights except for the right to vote. Vikramarka said that the local people were not getting any benefits such as ration cards, pensions, pattas, jobs, health or water for irrigation. He said that the situation of common people, especially the tribals, has worsened during the last nine years.
Vikramarka accused the KCR Govt of depriving the tribals of resources by removing them from the forest in the erstwhile undivided Adilabad district. He also noted the abolishment of the Assigning Committee system established during the Congress period, which aimed to distribute government land to the poor and tribals annually. He said the local MLA used to be the Chairman of those Assigning Committees. However, the entire system has been scrapped by the BRS Govt.
Vikramarka said that the Congress party created Telangana to bring prosperity to the people of the state by allocating natural resources like jobs, funds, and water to them. However, he said the Chandrashekhar Rao government has been an obstacle in delivering these resources for nine years. He also pointed out that despite opposing open mining during the Telangana movement, Chandrashekhar Rao allowed the practice to continue, awarding contracts to companies like GLR from Andhra. He expressed disappointment over the lack of employment opportunities for locals in the coal mining sector. He criticized the exploitation of Telangana’s wealth and resources by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and the companies of “Andhra Babus”.
During the Padayatra, the CLP leader said he had received complaints from all sections of society regarding issues such as the lack of ration cards, stipends, land leases, and agricultural loan waivers. He expressed concern over farmers being forced to take loans from moneylenders at high-interest rates due to banks not providing new loans. They have been evicted from forests, and the Dharani portal deprived them of the ownership rights over land which they possessed for generations.
Vikramarka condemned the alleged involvement of BRS MLA K. Kavita and Aam Aadmi Party leaders in the Delhi liquor case, stating that their actions brought shame to the people of Telangana. He also condemned Minister Indrakaran Reddy for describing the paper leak of TSPSC exams as ‘routine’. The CLP leader also condemned the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha and called the move an attack on Indian democracy and the Constitution.
Vikramarka expressed confidence that the Congress party would win the next Assembly elections and all seats in the Asifabad District.