Telangana celebrates twin anniversaries on June 2: two years of the state’s creation by bifurcating united Andhra Pradesh and a similar milestone for its first chief minister. The destinies of Telangana and KCR have been entwined. He spearheaded the agitation for a separate state.
A sense of triumph on one hand and a feeling of trepidation on the other hand have gripped the people of Telangana. The simultaneous mix of agony and ecstasy over the hits and misses of the Telangana government led by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is unveiled on the canvass of the 29th State of India, formed exactly two years ago on 2 June, 2014.
“We would not ask for votes, if we cannot provide all households with a tap connection by 2018 through ‘Mission Bhageeratha’ - clean drinking water supply grid,” said KCR.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Telangana on its second statehood day and hoped the state progressed to new heights in the coming years.
“Greetings to all in Telengana and we thank Sonia Gandhi to give Statehood accepting the long standing demand of the People of Telengana,” Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh tweeted.
“In two years we have seen only KCR Family benefiting. Farmers are committing suicides people are dying of heat stroke unemployment growing. KCR celebrating and putting huge ads worth 100s of crores. Another Nero in the celebration mode when poor people are dying. Shame on you KCR!” he added.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao unveiled India’s second tallest national flag at Sanjeevaiah Park on Thursday, on the occasion of the second anniversary of Telangana’s formation.
The flag will be hoisted on a 291-foot-high pole. Though the Chief Minister wanted a 303-foot-high pole, which would have made it the tallest in the country, its height has been reduced after the Airports Authority of India denied permission for the same.
Several cultural programmes have been lined up across the state. The state government has sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for each of the 10 districts to hold celebrations between June 2 and June 7.
"On this occasion, we want to celebrate with few cultural activities and (also exhibit) Telangana food culture," S Venugopalachary, special representative of the state government, said.
(Video Source: NTV Telugu)