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Chiru Claims Credit For SC/ST Plan!

It looks like the Congress party leaders are of the view that the SC-ST sub-plan bill would fetch tremendous mileage for the party in the next assembly elections; and hence, every leader has started claiming credit for it.

Megastar-union minister K Chiranjeevi has claimed that it was because of his social justice slogan that the Congress high command has decided to implement the SC/ST sub-plan.

“It was one of the conditions put forth by me for merging my Praja Rajyam Party with the Congress. I brought to the notice of Madam Sonia Gandhi at the time of the merger that the Congress party should bring in an exclusive plan for the SCs and STs,” he said, adding that he would like to take pride in claiming credit for what he had done.

On the other hand, health minister D L Ravindra Reddy also said that it was because of his efforts that the Congress high command had come out with SC/ST sub-plan.

“It is wrong on the part of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to say that he had go the idea on SC/ST sub-plan during his mass contact programmes like Rachcha Banda and Indiramma Baata. The fact is that I had written letter to Madam Sonia Gandhi way back in February on the need to implement a sub-plan for SCs and STs, in order to win back their confidence and votes in the next elections. It was only after that the plan proposal was included in the National Advisory Council agenda, “ DLR said.

PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, however, rejected both the claims. He said the entire credit goes to the Congress high command and not to any individual at the state-level.