Hyderabad: Union minister of state for roads Sarve Satyanarayana, who is the Congress candidate in the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha seat, has set an ambitious task to win with a five lakh margin. And he is confident of achieving it.
Mr Satyanarayana, a Dalit, won the Malkajgiri LS general seat with a majority of nearly one lakh votes in 2009, and is now aiming big. “My mission is to win by a margin of five lakh votes this time. I am the only Dalit in the country who won a general seat in 2009. I am not only expecting a big win this time but also would like to enter the Guinness Book of World Records,” Mr Satyanarayana said.
His rivals in the fray are Telangana Rashtra Samity nominee Mynampally Hanumantha Rao, Telugu Desam-BJP nominee Mallareddy, YSR Congress candidate V. Dinesh Reddy, Independent Prof. K. Nageswar and others. Mr Satyanarayana told DC that he had been serving the people of the Cantonment Assembly segment, Siddipet and Malkajgiri LS constituencies for the last 30 years.
Stating that Telangana became possible only due to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi who kept the promise made to the Telangana people despite severe opposition, Mr Satyanarayana took exception to TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s provocative statements against people from the Andhra region.
“I will stand by the people of Seemandhra living in Malkajgiri and other parts of Telangana. When people of all regions and faiths live in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, why should KCR target people from Seemandhra? Remember, I opposed KCR’s slogan Telangana wale jago Andhra wale bhago in Parliament,” he said.
Mr Satyanarayana is upset over defence authorities restricting traffic on the main road passing through the defence area in Secunderabad.
“It’s wrong to block roads used by the public. I took up the issue with the defence minister, and requested him to direct the authorities not to block the road. How can locals be a security threat? It is a priority issue. I will fight for the people,” he said.
“The defence authorities should allow the public to use the road as people have to travel an extra 10 km if the road is blocked,” he added.