KCR Delhi Tour: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao always harboured desire to be a national leader and also the king-maker, if not the king itself! He tried his hand at this exercise many times but nothing has worked out in his favour. Finally he seems to have now decided to piggy back on the farmers and reach out to larger sections in the country through them. As [part of this exercise, KCR has gone to Delhi in support of Telangana farmers and also he will extend his support to protesting farmers near Delhi!
The CM along with MPs, Ministers, and officials has gone to Delhi once again to seek clarity on the issue of paddy purchase during on-going kharif season. Based on the response from the Union government, the TRS government in the state would announce its policy on the alternative crops to farmers.
In move that has surprised everyone in the country, KCR announced Rs 3 lakh ex gratia each to the family members of north Indian farmers, who died during the agitation against the Prime Minister Narender Modi’s controversial agriculture laws. He said around 750 farmers lost their lives during the 13-month stir and the state government would give ex gratia to all of their families.
KCR who had sought the appointment of PM Modi, has said that he would ask him to withdraw all cases that were filed against the farmers who have been protesting for over an year and pay a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of each of those who died in the protests. He also demanded that the Union government pass the MSP Act. He pointed out that the power bill which was forcing the farmers to install electricity meters for their agricultural pumps was yet another contentious issue and demanded the Union government to immediately withdraw the bill.
The Telangana CM would also use this opportunity to meet Jal Shakti minister to demand for the constitution of a Tribunal to decide the share of water from Krishna and Godavari rivers. The Tribunal should be asked to give its decision in about three months’ time, he said. “I will stay in Delhi for two days and meet PM Modi to discuss farming issues,” KCR added.