Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's son and cabinet minister KT Rama Rao earned Rs 7.30 lakh just in a couple of hours by "selling" ice cream and fruit juice in Hyderabad on Friday.
Rama Rao turned "coolie" to raise money for Telangana Rashtra Samithi's plenary and formation day public meeting scheduled to be held later this month.
The state Industries and Information Technology Minister sold ice cream at a parlour in Qutubullahpur area.
To Rao’s luck, MP Malla Reddy paid Rs 5 lakh for some ice cream, while another party leader Srinivas Reddy paid Rs 1 lakh.
At the fruit juice shop too, KTR earned Rs 1.30 lakh with just TRS leaders buying the juice from him.
Friday was the first day of a week-long programme in which all leaders and cadre of the party will work as "coolies".
Chandrasekhar Rao, who is also the TRS chief, announced that 'Gulabi (pink) coolie days' will be celebrated from 14 to 20 April. He urged every party worker to work for at least two days to earn the money to meet the costs needed to attend the party meet.
The TRS will hold its plenary at Kompally near Hyderabad on 21 April while a massive public meeting is planned at Warangal on 27 April to mark the party's formation day.
KCR said TRS had 51 lakh members when the government was formed in 2014 and the number has now gone up to over 75 lakh. The party is expected to get Rs 25 crore as membership fees.
The party's plenary will elect the president. Senior leader and Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy will act as presiding officer.
"You will see the election result," was how KCR reacted when asked about the speculations that his son and cabinet minister KT Rama Rao will take over as the party chief.
On Wednesday, KCR also announced that the state government would follow Tamil Nadu model in implementing reservations for the state’s Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe and Backward Class population.
In a cabinet meeting at Pragati Bhavan, KCR accepted the report prepared by State Backward Classes Commission on the socio-economic conditions of Muslims and report by another panel to increase quota for tribal population.
He also announced that the hike in reservation for minorities would be done like it was done by Tamil Nadu and if the Centre does not respond positively, he will move apex court.
Nearly 90% of Telangana’s population belongs to SC, ST and OBC categories. Tamil Nadu government increased the reservation according to their population. The Parliament accepted their proposal. Telangana too will do the same.
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