Minister Etala Rajender denied that ration cards of the poor were eliminated anywhere in the State. He said that if they had the intention of eliminating rations cards, why will it give extra rice to the poor or increase the ration quota, that is being done now. But BJP leader Kishan Reddy countered this claim. He said that lakhs of ration cards in the state were eliminated. When BJP campaigned against it, staged dharnas and took out rallies, then some 19,000 cards were restored, he said. How can card be restored if they were not eliminated, he questioned.