With only days to go for the crucial Assembly polls, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Monday slammed Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao over his claim that the state had the highest per capita income in the country.
In a post on X, Ramesh, who is also the Congress general secretary (Communication), said: “KTR has been tom-tomming that Telangana has the highest per capita income in the country. What are the facts? He said that according to the RBI, at constant prices which is the yardstick that matters, Karnataka and Haryana have higher per capita incomes than Telangana, while Tamil Nadu is at the same level with a much larger population base.
“He also said that the high per capita income in Telangana is only because of the three districts of Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Sangareddy. “\More than 75 per cent of the population of Telangana lives in the other 30 districts, where the per capita income is lower than the state average.”
The Rajya Sabha MP went on to say that “this is nothing but a betrayal of one of the main reasons for the formation of Telangana — balanced development of the state”.
The Congress has been slamming the ruling BRS in the southern state, which will go to polls on Thursday.
Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been making regular tours of the southern state to campaign for the party.
The Congress has already announced several guarantees for the people of Telangana and is eyeing to dislodge the BRS by defeating in the 119 member Assembly.
Counting of votes will take place on December 3.