Cong will implement poll promises with vigour: CM

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Hyderabad, Jun 2 (UNI) Inspired by the Congress' impressive performance in the byelections forced by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today asserted that his government would implement the promises made to the people with renewed vigour.

Sharing his joy with his Cabinet colleague P Sabita Reddy and party leaders and workers at his camp office here, he told newspersons he would concentrate on implementing all the poll promises.

Rejoining the party's victory from Vikarabad Assembly constituency after a gap of 25 years, he said the 'Pranahita Chevalla' project would provide Godavari waters to the parched lands in Telangana region.

Later, Ms Sabita Reddy told newspersons that people had voted for the Congress after seeing for themselves the development ushered in by the state government in the last four years. ''People have realised that development of Telangana was possible only under the Congress regime'', she claimed.

People had taught a lesson to Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) President K Chandrasekar Rao, who claimed that the Chief Minister would be changed after the bypolls, she said, adding the results had proved that Telangana was not the ''monopoly'' of the TRS as claimed by it.

Backward Classes Welfare Minister M Mukesh Goud said the TRS had been wiped out from the Greater Hyderabad region and from Adilabad, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, Warangal and Mahboobnagar districts.

He said at least now the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its ally the Communist Party of India (Marxist) should realise that people would not tolerate if they put hurdles in the path of development of the state.

Despite appeals to Mr Rao to wait for the UPA Government's decision on the statehood issue, he challenged the Congress to face them in the byelections and the people have taught him a lesson for not concentrating on development of their constituencies, Minorities Welfare Minister Mohd Ali Shabeer said.

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