"Why are water wars between states being encouraged when there is adequate water to irrigate every acre of land in India?" he asked
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, PTI file photo
Telangana Chief Minister and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday asked why "wars" between states over water were being encouraged when there was adequate availability of it to irrigate every acre of land in India.
Speaking at a media briefing here, he said the BRS aims to change water policy and bring in a new mechanism for water supply in the country.
"Why are water wars between states being encouraged when there is adequate water to irrigate every acre of land in India?" he asked.
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Average goods train speed in India is 24 kmph, way behind 120 kmph in China, he said.
Rao also noted that India has 361 billion tonnes of coal reserves, enough to provide country's energy needs for the next 125 years. "Yet we are privatising the power sector," he said.
Rao attacked the BJP-led Centre, saying the Modi government's flagship project 'Make in India' has turned out to be 'Joke in India'.
Addressing a public rally in Maharashtra's Nanded on Sunday, KCR said, "Congress ruled the country for 54 years. BJP ruled the country for 16 years. Seventy years out of 75 years of India's independence, the country was ruled by these two parties. These two parties are responsible for all of these (problems). These two parties were busy only with speech games and scams."
Targeting the BJP government, the BRS chief said the 'Make in India' campaign achieved nothing as Chinese goods continue to swamp Indian markets.
KCR said, "Make in India has been the much-touted scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This 'Make in India' has turned out to be 'joke in India'. If Make in India had worked then there would not have been China bazaars in every town and village across the country."
"From the manjha of kites, firecrackers for Diwali, colours for Holi to diyas and Ganesh idols for Diwali and eeven our Tricolour, everything comes from China. Where has the Make in India gone? Why are there China baazars everywhere instead of Bharat baazars?" he added.
KCR also came down heavily on the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra over farmers' issues.
"Even after 75 years of independence, many places in the country do not have access to drinking water and water for irrigation. It is sad that Maharashtra sees the most number of farmer suicides," the BRS chief said.
In October last year, KCR launched the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), marking the first step toward becoming a national party to counter the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Notably, BRS, after it got national recognition, held its first mega rally in the presence of leaders of other regional parties like the AAP, SP and Left in Telangana's Khammam last month.
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