KCR wanted to join NDA, but refused him as he is corrupt, says PM Modi; BRS calls him a liar

Modi said that, in the past, KCR had displayed a great deal of affection and cooperation, but since declining his proposal, he has ceased to attend official events.

BySumit Jha

Published Oct 03, 2023 | 9:14 PMUpdated Oct 03, 2023 | 9:14 PM

KCR wanted to join NDA, but refused him as he is corrupt, says PM Modi; BRS calls him a liar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at his rally in Telangana’s Nizamabad on Tuesday, 3 October, alleged that after the BJP won 48 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao came to him for support and wanted to join the NDA.

“KCR approached me for support and expressed interest in joining the NDA. Notably, Chief Minister KCR also advocated for his son KTR’s potential chief ministership and sought support for this. However, I declined KCR’s request. KCR’s change in attitude towards me can be attributed to my refusal to fulfil his request to join the NDA due to concerns over his alleged corrupt practices,” said Prime Minister Modi.

Modi said that, in the past, KCR had displayed a great deal of affection and cooperation, but since he declined his proposal, the chief minister had ceased to attend even official events involving the prime minister.

BRS refutes claim

However, in its initial reaction, the BRS party has refuted the claim made by the prime minister.

“Next time a CM goes to meet PM, he should take a camera because Narendra Modi can stoop to any low level with lies for political benefits!” said BRS spokesperson Krishank Manne on X.

The delimitation question

On the issue of delimitation, Prime Minister Modi said that he has raised concerns about the ongoing discussions regarding the next delimitation, a process governed by judicial decisions.

“In this process, seats are adjusted based on population, with lower-populated areas losing seats, while higher-populated regions gain representation. And the South Indian states have effectively controlled the population through its measures,” said the prime minister.

However, he expressed apprehension that the Congress’s advocacy for equal representation for equal population — said in the context of the caste census — could potentially reduce the number of seats allocated to South India, which might negatively impact minority communities in the region as well.

Prime Minister Modi alleged that in Tamil Nadu, the government had taken control of temples, effectively removing them from public management. He suggested that this had led to the accumulation and potential misappropriation of temple resources.

Nevertheless, he pointed out that religious sites belonging to minority communities remained untouched by the government of Tamil Nadu.

INDIA bloc obstructed Women’s Reservation Bill

The prime minister, in his speech, said that recently, the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam Bill — Women’s Reservation Bill — was passed in Parliament.

“Notably, the Congress-led INDIA alliance had obstructed this Bill for a prolonged period of 30 years. However, the collective strength of women voters played a crucial role in compelling these parties to finally permit the Bill’s passage in Parliament,” he said.

He also recalled the historical context, mentioning how the Nizam had opposed the accession of Hyderabad State to the Indian Union.

He added, ”It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a son of Gujarat, who helped in integrating Telangana into the Indian Union. Like Patel, I have come to work towards resolving the challenges faced by the people of the region.”

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Modi cites ‘dynastic rule’ again

Modi raised concerns about the misuse of funds allocated by the Union government for Telangana’s development by the BRS-led government. He criticised the prevalence of dynastic rule in the state, where numerous young individuals had sacrificed their lives for the cause of statehood.

“A single family has assumed control over the aspirations of countless Telangana families and their resources, resulting in a culture of corruption. Important positions were consistently granted to family members at the expense of the state’s talented youth,” said the prime minister.

He asserted that the Congress had entered into an agreement to divide votes in favour of the BRS and highlighted an ongoing covert understanding between the two parties. Modi confidently predicted the BRS’s impending defeat.

“BRS helped the Congress in the Karnataka elections and the Congress is repaying it,” said Modi.

Modi pointed out that both the Congress and the BRS make numerous promises before the elections but often disregard them once the polls are over. In contrast, the BJP-led government has been actively organising job fairs and providing appointment letters to the youth in a transparent manner.

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BJP’s fulfillment of promises

Modi invited Opposition parties to collaborate in crafting programmes aimed at alleviating the challenges faced by the impoverished segments of society. He pledged that, given the opportunity for another five years, he would recover misappropriated resources and assets.

The prime minister highlighted the Union government’s fulfillment of promises, including increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP), to further strengthen the agriculture sector.

“We are actively promoting the ‘One District One Product’ initiative, and within the same framework, we are emphasising Nizamabad’s turmeric,” said Modi.

Speaking specifically about the women of Telangana, Modi said, “I would like to express my gratitude. They not only worked tirelessly to cultivate turmeric but also, during the Covid-19 pandemic, turmeric played a crucial role in saving millions of people worldwide. Turmeric reached all corners of the globe and it was these women who contributed significantly to combating the pandemic. That’s why I extend my heartfelt thanks to them.”

He added, “This is also the reason why we made a promise in Mahabubnagar itself, a promise we have fulfilled: the establishment of a National Turmeric Board. This initiative will help promote turmeric on a global scale.”

Also read: BRS is a family of 4 crore people with KCR as its head, says KTR

Inauguration of projects

Prime Minister Modi, on Tuesday, inaugurated projects and laid the foundation stone for new infrastructural schemes worth more than ₹8,000 crore at Nizamabad, Telangana.

Modi inaugurated the first 800 MW unit of phase 1 of the Telangana Super Thermal Power Project of the NTPC.

It will provide low-cost power to the state and will boost its economic development. It will be one of the most environmentally-compliant power stations in the country.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation rail projects, including the new line connecting Manoharabad and Siddipet, and the electrification project between Dharmabad-Manoharabad and Mahabubnagar-Kurnool.

Besides these, Modi laid the foundation stone of 20 critical care blocks (CCBs) under the Pradhan Mantri – Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission.

These CCBs will be built in the districts of Adilabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Jogulamba Gadwal, Hyderabad, Khammam, Kumuram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Mahabubnagar (Badepally), Mulugu, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Narayanpet, Nirmal, Rajanna Sircilla, RangaReddy (Maheshwaram), Suryapet, Peddapalli, Vikarabad, and Warangal (Narsampet).