In a spot for fawning over PM Modi, Revanth Reddy goes the extra mile to diss BJP, BRS

He also sought to brush off the criticism that he fawned over Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latter's recent state visit.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Mar 06, 2024 | 11:18 PMUpdatedMar 06, 2024 | 11:18 PM

File photo of Revanth Reddy.

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 6 March, sought to brush off the criticism that he fawned over Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latter’s recent state visit.

The BRS said his words had vindicated its contention that he was hobnobbing with the BJP.

Kick-starting the Congress campaign for the Lok Sabha elections at Mahbubnagar, the headquarters of his native Mahbubnagar district, Revanth slammed the BRS without referring to it directly.

He said he only submitted memoranda to the prime minister for the sanction of projects for the state, and neither prostrated before him behind closed doors nor murmured requests in his ears.

He said: “I made the representation for the development of the state in the full glare of the people. If the prime minister does not sanction projects I had sought for Telangana, I will be the first person to take him to the cleaners.”

This was an indirect reference to BRS chief and former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao pleading for Modi’s blessings for his son KT Rama Rao, as revealed by Modi himself at a public meeting.

The chief minister appeared very emotional while referring to the criticism that he was tilting towards the saffron party, and said that if he met and shared a dais with the prime minister, it was because Modi was a guest in Telangana.

“As the chief minister of the state, I met him as a matter of courtesy and protocol. I did it in the larger interests of the state,” he said.

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‘Try touching me and see what happens’

Meanwhile, Revanth Reddy also took serious exception to the claims of the BRS and the BJP that the Congress government in Telangana would not last more than three months or six months.

He said that by saying so, the two parties had bared their character of engineering defections and bringing down governments.

Revanth, who is also the chief of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee, dared the two parties to try to pull down his government in the state.

“Try touching me and see what happens. I assure you the people know how to deal with you,” he said.

“They will rise like sparks of fire and become human bombs and decimate you. They would carry your entrails around their necks and parade them before the people,” he said.

He also asserted that the Congress would stay in power in the state for another 10 years.

“From 2024 to 2034, the Congress will be in the saddle in the state. Indiramma Rajyam will flourish and take care of the interests of all the sections of society,” he said.

The chief minister, meanwhile, also appealed to the people to elect the Congress candidates for the Mahbubnagar and Nagarkurnool Lok Sabha seats.

“In 2009, you had sent a ‘nincompoop’ to the Lok Sabha from Mahbubnagar,” he said, indicating KCR.

“He migrated to Mahbubnagar from Karimnagar, and you showed him generosity, though he did not deserve it. I want you now to support the Congress candidates in the two constituencies,” he said.