Telangana Minister Niranjan Reddy slams Rahul Gandhi’s corruption allegations

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Telangana Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy ridicules Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of Rs 1 lakh crore corruption in Kaleshwaram project

Hyderabad, October 19, 2023: Telangana Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy on Thursday ridiculed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of Rs 1 lakh crore corruption in the implementation of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project.

Addressing a news conference, Reddy said Gandhi’s allegations smacked of sheer ignorance of the development that had taken place in the state. He said Gandhi was trying to accuse the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) of corruption in the implementation of a project that involved far less as its estimated cost.

Reddy also hit out at Gandhi for his remarks against the loan waiver implemented by the BRS government in the state. He said the government had facilitated waiver of over Rs 13,000 crore benefiting about 23 lakh farmers. He said the Congress leadership had lost its credibility and cannot make the people of Telangana believe about its guarantees.

The promises made by the Congress party in Karnataka were thrown already to winds,” Reddy said.

Reddy’s response comes after Gandhi alleged at a rally in Telangana on Wednesday that the Kaleshwaram project was a “scam” and that the BRS government had pocketed Rs 1 lakh crore in corruption.

The Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project is a massive irrigation project that was completed in 2019 at a cost of Rs 1 lakh crore. The project was launched by the BRS government to irrigate over 18 lakh acres of land in the state.

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