Don’t lie for sake of votes, KCR hits back at Modi

Mahabubnagar (Telangana): Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks that Nizamabad was grappling with shortage of water, electricity and proper roads, caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Tuesday advised him “not to lie for the sake of votes.”

Rao also claimed that Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu conspired to destabilise the TRS government during the early days of formation of the government and impose President’s rule.

Modi while addressing his first election rally ahead of the 7 December assembly polls in Telangana, said the chief minister had once asserted that he would transform Nizamabad, which is represented by Rao’s daughter K Kavitha in the Lok Sabha, into a smart city like London, but the city was still grappling with shortage of water, electricity and proper roads.

“What kind of Prime Minister you are I don’t understand. How can you say such a lie… You should not lie, being in the responsible post of prime minister, for the sake of votes. If you want I will come to Nizamabad now. We will ask people,” Rao said addressing an election rally in Mahabubnagar district.

“Mr Narendra Modi, there is no power problem in Telangana… don’t lie. I am very sorry to say this. You cannot level allegations against a chief minister. I am not afraid of anyone. I am not (Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N) Chandrababu Naidu,” Rao said, reiterating that there was a need for a “federal front government” at the centre.

Rao claimed that Telangana was the only state in the country where farmers were supplied power round-the-clock and asked Modi if the BJP-ruled states were providing 24-hour electricity to the farm sector.

Reacting to Modi’s remarks on Congress and TRS are “two side of the same coin,” Rao said he is bold enough to admit openly that TRS and AIMIM work together as both of them belong to Telangana.

“Soon after the TRS government was formed in 2014, AP chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Modi conspired to dethrone and destabilise the TRS government and impose President’s rule to bring the state under their control. It was Asaduddin Owaisi who informed me about the conspiracy,” Rao alleged.

On Modi comments that Rao feels so insecure that’s why he takes shelter in astrology, poojas, yagas and others, the TRS chief questioned Modi as to why he should have any problem with his activities.

“I believe in them. I will be happy to share prasadam if you come… I believe in God and that’s why perform poojas. If you are sincere, tell Telangana people as to why you have stopped increase of quota (a proposal sent by the Telangana government) for Scheduled Tribes in tune with their population,” the caretaker chief minister said.

The chief minister further said Telangana was in the top spot in implementing welfare schemes, among which were those for women, children and the elderly. “No one can stop TRS from winning and we will form the government (in Telangana) again,” Rao said.