‘KCR will turn into cinders if he tries to touch Congress MLAs,’ warns Telangana CM Revanth Reddy

The Telangana chief minister was apparently riled by the BRS chief's claim that 20 Congress MLAs were in touch with him.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Apr 20, 2024 | 8:17 AMUpdatedApr 20, 2024 | 8:17 AM

Revanth Reddy speaks at a Congress rally in Mahabubnagar on Friday, 19 April, 2024.

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy said on Friday, 19 April, that if BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao dared to touch even one Congress legislator, he would be reduced to ashes.

The warning came after Revanth, who is also the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, was apparently riled by the former chief minister’s claim that 20 Congress MLAs were in touch with him.

Revanth was addressing an election rally after Congress nominee Challa Vamshichand Reddy filed his nomination papers for the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat.

The Telangana chief minister said: “Revanth Reddy is guarding the Congress MLAs. I am like a high-tension wire. If you make any attempt to reach out to our MLAs, you would be burnt alive.”

The chief minister was livid over KCR “bragging” about his ability to engineer defections from Congress.

“You are talking about spiriting away our MLAs. By nightfall, count your legislators and see how many are left in your backyard,” he said.

The jab came in light of several leaders — including elected lawmakers — leaving BRS since the party’s defeat in last year’s Telangana Assembly elections.

Revanth continued: “Do you think Congress legislators are a herd of sheep that your pack of wolves could take away?”

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Attack on ‘car’

The chief minister also reminded KCR how the people had turned the “car” (BRS’ election symbol) into a twisted tangle of metal and buried it in a pit of 100-metre depth.

He said the “car” had gone to the garage and would not come back again as its very engine had gone bust. “No amount of repair can make it work again. It has to be sold away as scrap metal,” he said.

He added even KCR’s health was faltering, and neither he nor the “car” would be back in action.

Revanth Reddy said Congress workers knew BRS’ true colours. “They will trample on you and send the Congress contestant Vamsi Chand Reddy to the Lok Sabha,” he said

He also promised to make a Mudiraj (referring to a Backward Class community and its members) a minister by 15 August.

He even promised to ensure that Congress would fight in Parliament for the categorisation of Scheduled Castes (SCs) for reservation to the Madigas in education and employment. “I am going to find a final solution for the 30-year-old struggle of the SCs,” he said.

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Batting for DK Aruna

Training his guns at BJP nominee DK Aruna, he said that though the saffron party was in power at the Centre, she could not get special-project status for the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS).

“She is no good for Mahabubangar. There is no point in voting for either BJP or BRS, who did not do anything for Mahbubnagar or the state during the last 10 years,” he said.

He asked KCR why the people of Mahbubnagar should vote for BRS. “What have you done for the district despite the people electing you to the Lok Sabha in 2009?” he asked.

“You do not belong to this place and yet they sent you to Lok Sabha. You converted the entire district into a desert,” he added.

“The days of people trusting the feudal forces are long gone. They no longer bow before gadis (a reference to the huge mansions that the landed gentry used to rule the villages in the olden days in Telangana),” said Revanth Reddy.

The Congress leader pointed out that irrigation projects — including Jurala — were still incomplete and the PLIS remained a non-starter.

“Did sitting BRS MP M Srinvas Reddy ever raise his voice in Parliament for Central funding for the PLIS?” he asked.

He said what came as a surprise to him was that the Opposition parties were wishing for the Congress government’s fall although it had been in the saddle for hardly a few three months.

He added that he had kept his word on implementing five of the six guarantees made to the people before the Assembly elections.

Exuding confidence that Congress would win 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state, he said that he would repay the debt he owed to the people of the district for his growth in public life.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)