HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revanth Reddy to take oath as CM today
  • Sonia, Rahul to attend oath-taking ceremony
  • Reddy is an MP from Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Anumula Revanth Reddy will take oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana today. A day before taking oath, he met the party's top brass on Wednesday. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will also attend the oath-taking ceremony. On Wednesday, he met Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, former president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and some other leaders. He will resign from the Lok Sabha membership after taking oath. He is a Lok Sabha MP from Malkajgiri constituency in Telangana.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted

Congratulating Reddy, Rahul Gandhi posted on 'X' that the Congress government under his leadership will fulfill all guarantees in Telangana and will prove to be a 'Prajala Sarkar' (people's government). The Congress leadership on Tuesday took the "unanimous" decision to appoint Reddy as the legislature party leader. Reddy will take oath as chief minister on December 7. Reddy will be the second Chief Minister of Telangana. Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has been the chief minister since Telangana came into being as the new state over a decade ago. The Congress defeated the BRS in the assembly elections. The party won 119 seats in the 64-member Assembly, while the BRS won 39 seats.

Revanth Reddy faces challenge to fulfil six electoral 'guarantees' given by Congress Let us tell you that Revanth Reddy will face the challenge
of fulfilling six election 'guarantees' given by the Congress during the recent assembly elections. Apart from this, Reddy will also face many other political challenges. It is believed that a major reason for the Congress' victory in the state was the party's strong (election) campaign offering six guarantees. Among the six guarantees, the promise of free travel for women in Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses is the most attractive. According to rough estimates, RTC earns Rs 2,500 crore annually from women commuters, state government sources told PTI. If the scheme is to be implemented, the Congress government will have to give the same amount to the transport corporation, which is already struggling with a deficit of Rs 6,000 crore.

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Congress has also promised to waive farm loans up to Rs 21 lakh. The BRS government had budgeted Rs 000,35 crore for exemption up to Rs 000 lakh. As per calculations, the Congress government needs to allocate at least Rs 15,000 crore for the next five years to implement the farm loan waiver. Similarly, the Congress party has promised to give Rs 12,000 per acre annually to farmers and Rs 10,000 to agricultural labourers under the Rythu Bharosa Guarantee Scheme. Under the BRS government's Rythu Bandhu scheme, farmers were paid Rs <>,<> annually.

The BRS government has disbursed Rs 72,000 crore under a similar scheme during the last five-and-a-half years, benefitting 70 lakh farmers. If the Congress party has to implement its scheme under similar parameters, it will need about one lakh crore rupees in the next five years.

Senior journalist and political analyst S. Nagesh Kumar said the first challenge before Revanth Reddy is the implementation of the 'six guarantees' and political challenges as unlike the previous government, the Congress government will have a numerically strong opposition. In the results declared on December 3, the Congress won 64 seats, while BRS won 39, BJP eight, AIMIM seven and CPI one. According to Telangana's FY 2023-24 budget, the total revenue was pegged at Rs 2.16 lakh crore while the revenue expenditure was Rs 2.12 lakh crore.



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