Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy on Monday, 13 February, challenged Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who he claims has been peddling lies about the country’s economic conditions and the GDP, to a debate on the matter.
Reddy said that he would take part in a debate at the Press Club or Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial in front of the Assembly if KCR continued to speak in a “respectful language”.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Reddy criticised KCR for turning the Assembly session into a political meeting instead of talking about what the BRS government had done for Telangana.
The session was conducted with the sole purpose of mudslinging at the Central government, he said.
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Decline of BRS?
Support for the BRS and KCR’s family was decreasing, and the chief minister was unable to tolerate the growing popularity of the BJP in the state, he said, adding that the desperation and helplessness were clearly seen in his words.
It was KCR who ensured no representation from the Congress in the Telangana Legislative Council, and the same KCR who welcomed Congress MLAs into the BRS without contesting elections, said the union minister.
KCR’s appreciation of the regimes of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh was proof that the BRS chief was planning to join hands with the Congress, he alleged.
Ridiculing KCR for praising the Congress regime during which several scams came to light, he said that the country, which was the 11th economic power during the rule of Manmohan Singh, had become the fifth-largest economy after Narendra Modi became the prime minister.
‘Blatant lies about growth rate’
“Is Chandrashekar Rao unable to see this growth of the country?” he asked.
The chief minister who used to criticise Communists till recently was now praising them, Reddy said.
Taking a dig at KCR for saying that he would resign if anyone could prove that country is not sliding on key economic parameters, Reddy said that there was no need for the Telangana chief minister to resign eight months before the elections when he anyway would have to (after the elections).
Reddy charged that the chief minister told blatant lies about the economic growth rate and per capita income in the Assembly.
“The whole world is rejoicing that India, under the leadership of Modi, is moving towards achieving economic empowerment. But comparing the Indian economy and per capita income with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, and Singapore shows a lack of understanding of Chandrashekar Rao and he has spoken without any evidence,” he stated.
Reddy also said that the people were able to comprehend the chief minister’s attempt to tarnish the image of the country.
“It is natural that the per capita income of countries with low populations is high and it is ridiculous that Chandrashekar Rao doesn’t know about it,” he added.