Medchal: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday attacked Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government led by K. Chandrashekhar Rao, saying “The Congress realised the people’s dream of Telangana and had paid the price for it. We faced the political setback due to our decision but we cared for the aspirations of people.” She further added that the Congress simultaneously cared for the sentiments of the people of Andhra Pradesh and is still committed towards giving the State the special status it deserves.

The Congress chairperson was addressing her first public rally after the formation of Telangana, at Medchal in outskirts of Hyderabad. During the address, she said, “When I used to visit other states in the years past, I would cite the Telangana model as an example of development. But that’s not the case now. It is unfortunate that the state has moved back two steps under the current regime,” she said, adding that if Congress is voted to power, then she would ensure that Telangana bags special category status.

Furthermore, Gandhi alleged that TRS has done nothing for the apathy of the farmers, and youths in the last four years. “The Chief Minister has cared only for himself and his own people, leaving the child (Telangana) to suffer. People who aren’t true to their word aren’t worth trusting,” she asserted.

Continuing her attack on the incumbent TRS regime, she alleged that it has done nothing substantial for the State and its leaders have filled their own pockets. “It is really unfortunate that soon after its formation, the State landed into the hands of those who cared only about themselves and their close aides. Telangana has not progressed in the manner it should have,” said Sonia.

Sonia Gandhi said that TRS regime has ruined the state and has deliberately stopped all the popular schemes of the Congress government including MNREGA. “TRS government has destroyed the self-help women groups which once flourished in the region. They have done nothing for tribal, backwards, minorities, women and other sections of society,” she said.

It must be noted that the Telangana Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on December 7 to elect representatives of 119 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11

(With ANI inputs)