Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao said Telangana Rashtra Samithi would not seek an alliance with any party in 2019 elections. He was confident that his party would romp home contesting alone. While talking to a senior journalist Rajdeep Sar Desai, on India Today’s conclave recently, he was all praise for the welfare measures taken by his government and said his was a model state. In 2014, there was no growth in manufacturing and services sectors, but the growth has now touched 8 to 10 per cent. The most commendable feature of his state was that it became self-reliant in power and water. In the past the Andhra rulers exploited the resources of Telangana and therefore the region was lagging behind, he said.
He said the reservations for STs, SCs, BCs and minorities should be hiked and it was the need of the time. The cap ordered by the Supreme Court should be removed, he demanded. He said he would struggle for this. The states should be given more powers and centre should not interfere in the developmental activities of the states. In this connection, he referred to the cooperative- federal system, suggested by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he did not implement it fully, the CM said. He said when the Telangana region of the erstwhile Hyderabad was merged with Andhra in 1956, it was opposed, but Andhra lobby succeeded to convince the then Prime Minster Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. However, Andhra rulers did not do justice to Telangana. Hence they demanded a separate Telangana state.