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'We will make a Dalit as Chief Minister if voted to power', says Union Minister Jairam Ramesh

March 10, 2014
Hyderabad

To corner TRS party in a fix, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said that Congress will make a dalit as the Chief Minister of Telangana if voted to power.

It may be recalled that the TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao sometime back before announcement of Telangana State announced that he would make a dalit as Chief Minster but was avoiding the issue. Taking advantage of the situation, Jairam Ramesh went ahead by offering the coveted post to a Dalit.

Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao observed that the social justice plank was good but the party high command should also take into consideration the vast backward classes' population in the region.

Union Minister Sarvey Sathyanarayana who was a dalit eyeing on the Chief Minster's post welcomed the comment of Jairam Ramesh. Reddy community pointed out that the central leadership could ill afford to ignore their claims In the current Assembly there are as many as 23 Congress MLAs from the community and added that if the Party wants to install a Dalit as Chief Minister, it has to go abide by majority decision and sealed cover selections may not work.

Some from his own party claim that the Union Minister is neither a party spokesperson nor the general secretary but termed his comments as purely political stunt.

Jairam Ramesh speaking to media in Karimnagar on Monday said that 'it is the dram of the AICC president Rahu Gandhi to make a Dalit as Chief Minster'. He reiterated that Congress was strong in all the 119 Assembly segments in Telangana. However there is no clarity on the alliances with the TRS. He welcomed the TJAC leaders if they were interested to contest the elections on behalf of Congress ticket. On separate High Courts, he said that these two States were likely to have two separate High Courts.

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