Hyderabad: Ahead of the Assembly elections in the State, the Telangana Congress party has installed a mock ATM that it has named ‘Kaleshwaram ATM,’ to criticize Bharat Rashtra Samithi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
The party has also coined the slogan “Kaleshwaram Corruption Rao” for its campaign against the chief minister and the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party.
Under this campaign, Congress workers have alleged that the BRS government misappropriated a staggering sum of 1,00,000 crore rupees from the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on Godavari river in Telangana.
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The project had suffered heavy damages due to massive floods last year. According to reports, one of the barrages within the Kaleshwaram barrage at Meddigadda was damaged.
Leaders from both state and central Congress have consistently alleged that KCR and his family utilized the Kaleshwaram project as an ‘ATM’ to siphon off Rs 1 lakh crore rupees.
Telangana Chief Minister had in June 2019 inaugurated the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project in Bhupalpally district, billed as the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation scheme. The Project has been mired in controversies since its inception.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary attacked the Telangana government claiming that the child marriage records are “alarming” in the state, Chowdhary said that the CM should “hang his head” in shame.
“We have done a fact-finding. There is no safety for women in the state. It is a national shame that they can’t step out of their homes. Look at the child marriage record. It’s alarming. It is an ‘international shame’. we cannot even protect our children. The CM should hang his head in shame”, Chowdhary said while speaking to ANI in Hyderabad.
Assembly elections in Telangana will be held on November 30 and counting of votes will take place on December 3.
Telangana is set to witness an intriguing triangular contest between the BRS, Congress, and BJP. In the previous Assembly elections in 2018, the BRS won 88 of the 119 seats, hogging 47.4 per cent of the total vote share. The Congress finished a distant second with 19 seats and a vote share of 28.7 per cent.