Ugly war of words in Telangana assembly as CM Revanth Reddy pays KCR back with the same coin

The CM dared KCR to come to the Assembly to discuss whether the sinking of Medigadda piers was a minor incident or a major one.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Feb 15, 2024 | 12:26 AMUpdatedFeb 15, 2024 | 12:26 AM

File photos of Revanth Reddy and K Chandrashekar Rao. (Supplied)

Apparently riled by a Telugu expression used against him by BRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 14 February, matched him with equally offensive words in the Assembly.

Intervening in the discussion on the vote-on-account budget for 2024-25, Revanth Reddy, in a fit of rage, said: “Already the people of the state have pulled down your trousers. You are now left with a shirt. We will remove that also.”

As the BRS members began shouting at the chief minister, the Congress legislators too matched them in equal measure.

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KCR’s remarks and CM’s reaction

While addressing a huge public meeting in Nalgonda on Tuesday, Rao — popularly known as KCR — questioned the purpose of Revanth Reddy taking a team of legislators to Medigadda, using a derogatory expression.

Taking serious exception to the usage of the word, he asked whether one should describe the chief minister using such words.

“The BRS members are taking exception to the use of objectionable language. Are they ready for a discussion on what kind of words their leader and former chief minister uses? The BRS members have not yet learnt any lessons even after the people had thrown the party by the wayside and trampled on them. You are now left with broken bones. Yet your hubris has not died,” he said.

Revanth Reddy also took offence to KCR daring the Congress leaders to kill him.

“Why should we kill him? He is like a dead snake. Is there any need for us to kill a snake that is already dead?” he asked.

Further, he dared KCR to come to the Assembly and take part in the debate on irrigation.

“Let him come today or tomorrow. We are ready to discuss irrigation projects and if he wants, Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), in particular. KCR does not come to the assembly but goes somewhere else and uses objectionable language against us,” he said.

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Revanth Reddy dares KCR

The chief minister, referring to KCR describing the sinking of the piers of Medigadda as an incident of no consequence, dared him to come to the Assembly to discuss whether it was a minor incident or a major one.

“KCR says that the Medigadda reservoir should be filled with water. I will entrust Medigadda to KCR and Harish Rao both of whom had worked as Irrigation Ministers. Let them fill the barrage with water and see what would happen,” he said, trying to debunk the criticism that out of animosity for KCR, the government was not filling the barrage.

He said that if KCR comes to the House, there could be a discussion on the white paper on irrigation projects.

“It looks as though KCR has developed cold feet over the possibility of the irregulates that occurred in the construction of KLIS would come out. That is why he is running away from taking part in the discussion on the issue,” he said.

As Revanth Reddy began pounding the BRS members, a lot of heat was generated leading to arguments between the Opposition and the treasury benches.

Later the BRS members, taking objection to Revanth Reddy using unparliamentary language against KCR, staged a walkout. When they were prevented by marshals from reaching the media point, they sat on the ground and raised slogans at the state government for muzzling their voices.

As soon as the House met in the morning, BRS member Kadiam Srihari initiated the discussion on the budget, finding fault with the budget speech of Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka which led to arguments between the Opposition and treasury benches.