Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekara Rao has ruled out early elections in the state. The statement was made after the Congress said that the elections in Telangana are likely to be advanced. It will take place as per schedule, Rao also said.
He made these comments during the debate on the annual budget. Rao also made a host of announcements in his budget. He said that there would be no need for free power to the agriculture sector in the state once the irrigation projects are completed.
Until now, free power is being provided since Telangana is drought-prone. "Once we complete the irrigation projects, the drought problem will be resolved and there would not be any need for free power," he also said.
The issue of free power is a major one in Telangana. It was Y S Rajasekara Reddy who overthrew the TDP government in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh after he announced free power for up to seven hours a day. He had also promised to increase it to nine.