TRS leaders raise lakhs through token sales, labour

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They don different roles to earn money for the party plenary, public meeting

It is not clearly known if they ever really whipped up fruit juice at home, spread batter on a pan to make dosas, sold sarees, worked as salesmen at jewellery shops or assistants at private hospitals or as sales. But they all did it with a finesse that was fun to watch for their supporters and staff, as much as it was for the general public.

The situation in question is the novel way that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi adopted to mobilise money for the conduct of its plenary here on April 21 and the public meeting at Warangal on April 27.

The drive was kick-started by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao who made a few lakh working as a juice maker in a hotel at Suchitra Junction, Kompally just the other day.

Ministers labour

Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao sold tea at a stall and vegetables later and earned lakhs. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter and Member of Parliament K. Kavitha too made lakhs selling sarees, apart from also working with Animal Husbandry Minister T. Srinivas Yadav at the Dharmapuri market yard. Education Minister G. Jagadheeshwar Reddy too did his bit and earned money working at a shopping mall in Suryapet.

If Mr. Rama Rao and Mr. Harish Rao, comprising the younger lot in the State Cabinet, the older ones like Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy and Agriculture Minister P. Srinivas Reddy did not lag behind.

Mr. Narsima Reddy spent over two hours working in the billing section and handing over medical reports to patients of Omega Hospital.

A fairly old Endowments and Housing Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy on Tuesday worked at seven places — including a hospital, ginning mill, rice mill, cement shop, provision store and shopping — all in one day!

A dozen and more MLAs too worked hard to raise funds.

MLAs get to work

Kothagudem MLA Jalagam Venkat Rao, known to be sophisticated and well-educated gave a guest lecture on the topic ‘Motivation’ at a private college. Not stopping there he made dosas at a hotel and worked at a jewellery shop too, over a period of two days to earn money for the conduct of the party plenary.

Khammam MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar donned the role of a barber, a pan-wallah and worked at a petrol bunk too.

MLAs B. Ganesh Gupta and Bajireddy Govardhan Reddy, both from Nizamabad district made dosas at a hotel and made money too, while Gampa Govardhan of Kamareddy motivated the association of medical agencies to make a generous donation.

In Karimnagar, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation Chairman Somarapu Satyanarayana carried rice bags as a ‘coolie’ to contribute to the party expenses, while Karimnagar MLA G. Kamalakar and Mayor S. Ravinder Singh worked in a cloth showroom.

Karimnagar Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tula Uma worked in a petrol bunk and tiffin centre too.

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