Ahead of PM Modi’s Telangana visit, KTR slams him for ‘insulting’ the state’s formation in Parliament

BRS working president questions Governor's rejection of MLC nominations; asks people supporting Naidu to protest in AP, not Telangana.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Sep 26, 2023 | 8:16 PM Updated Sep 26, 2023 | 8:16 PM

KTR on Modi

Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned Telangana visit, minister and BRS working president KT Rama Rao on Tuesday, 26 September, sought an apology from him for his “disparaging” remarks on the state’s formation.

The minister said the people “feel compelled to question (Modi) on various matters”.

He singled out the state’s formation issue, saying: “Firstly, we want to know why he consistently speaks disparagingly about Telangana’s formation and the self-respect of its residents in both related and unrelated contexts. Is there a valid reason to criticise the ruling party and hold negative discussions in Parliament and public meetings?”

The prime minister is scheduled to address a public meeting of the BJP at Mahabubnagar on 1 October.

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PM owes ‘apology’ for Telangana remarks

Accusing Modi of disrespecting Telangana’s formation in Parliament, Rama Rao said: “We recently celebrated the state’s 10th anniversary, but PM Modi failed to acknowledge this milestone, even when the people of Adilabad to Alampur and every corner of the state celebrated this significant occasion. We demand an apology from PM Modi and an explanation for his political statements.”

By speaking insultingly about the formation of Telangana in the last decade, he has hurt the self-respect of its people, the minister stated.

He referred to Modi’s statement in Parliament on how Telangana was born to say: “Saying that the child was taken out by killing the mother shows lack of knowledge and wisdom.” He insisted the BJP would face the curse of the people for insulting them and their sacrifices.

Considering the continued neglect of Telangana, “the BJP has no political future in the state”, he said.

The BRS leader raised the issue of the Union government’s alleged indifference to the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme and the Kaleswaram Project.

Despite the request of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to support either of these projects to benefit the backward communities,

“PM Modi chose to recognise Upper Bhadra in Karnataka and Polavaram in Andhra Pradesh under the national status, ignoring our pleas,” he noted.

Also read: Telangana Governor rejects BRS suggestions for MLCs

Governor’s decision ‘unjustifiable’

KTR also criticised state Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan for rejecting the Cabinet’s recommendations for MLC appointments. The action was “unjustifiable” as the nominees under the Governor’s quota are well-known and have represented the state nationally through various forums.

The minister called the “One Nation One Poll” idea floated by Modi as a “gimmick”.

He failed miserably in fulfilling his various promises, such as every house would have a drinking water connection, bullet trains would run by 2022, and India would have a $5 trillion economy — did he deliver any of these, he questioned.

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On protests over Naidu’s arrest in Telangana

On the arrest of TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu, Rama Rao came up with a lengthy explanation.

“I am friends with everybody, Chief Minister Jagan and Lokesh. I have received a call from one of Lokesh’s friends for allowing protests, but I have rejected it. It is a battle between two parties in Andhra Pradesh, and holding rallies in Telangana is of no consequence,” he said.

“Our stand is simple: It is a political issue confined to Andhra Pradesh. What happens in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, or Andhra Pradesh is of no consequence. Chandrababu was arrested in Andhra Pradesh, and the rallies and protests must be confined to that state. Why should they disturb the people of Telangana?

“We, the ruling government, should also maintain the peace in the state; there is Kakinada, Kurnool, and Amaravati, and why should people make Hyderabad a stage for such violence,” he asked.