Accusing IT minister K T Rama Rao of promoting western culture, a BJP leader charged the government with making the state “Udta Telangana”, alluding to the Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” which focuses on the drug menace in Punjab. The opposition party’s charge against the state government comes in the backdop of the investigation by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Prohibition and Excise Department, which busted drug rackets here earlier this month.
The SIT had also summoned a dozen personalities from the Telugu film industry or Tollywood, to question them in connection with the case. State BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said his party “100 per cent” believes that the drug menace in the state took off steeply after the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government came to power.
In the name of ‘Happening Hyderabad’ initiative, K T Rama Rao, who is the son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has promoted an environment which can drive drug abuse and peddling in the city, he alleged. The BJP functionary said the land-locked Hyderabad, unlike beach-side tourist destinations such as Goa or the commercial capital like Mumbai, was never a hot spot for party-goers.
“We hold KTR responsible for promotion of western culture in Hyderabad which is against the local and Indian culture. These rock concerts became touch points for very young people to get into drug abuse,” he said.