BJP leader slams Telangana CM for calling Modi fascist

K Laxman

Hyderabad: BJP State president K Laxman yesterday condemned the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s remark that he had once called Prime Minister Narendra Modi fascist, saying it reflected his feudal mindset. Rao had said that the NDA government did not give any funds for the mega Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation project across Godavari river, which is to be inaugurated on 21 June.

Laxman noted that Rao had earlier praised the Modi-led BJP government at the Centre for giving environment and other clearances to the Kaleswaram project in a short time. “…Not alone you. But for (Devendra) Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM, but for Narendra Modi government, this could not have been possible. There would have been no Kaleswaram project at all,” claimed Laxman.

Seeking to turn tables on the TRS chief, Laxman sought to know his achievement as a Union Minister in the UPA government. On the other hand, the NDA government had provided Rs 11,000 crore to the state under ‘PM Krishi Sinchayi Yojana’ scheme, he said.

The BJP leader also objected to Rao’s criticism of Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy’s remarks that Hyderabad had become a safe haven for terror elements. “Yes, it is said that Hyderabad has become a safe zone for sleeper cells, terrorist activities. What is wrong in it?”

Laxman asked and referred to a media report on recent NIA raids on suspected terror modules in the city. He alleged Rao was getting ‘intolerant’ in view of BJP’s impressive performance in the Lok Sabha polls. Replying to a question on Modi not being invited for the Kaleswaram project inauguration, Rao had Tuesday said the Prime Minister had been extended invitation for the Mission Bhagiradha drinking water scheme and asked should he be called for everything while pointing out TRS was not part of NDA.

He had also said the TRS government extended “issue-based” support to the NDA government in its previous regime and opposed matters on which it differed and the same strategy would continue now.

The chief minister recalled he had criticised Modi as a “fascist prime minister” after seven ‘mandals’ belonging to Telangana were given to Andhra Pradesh for construction of Polavaram multi-purpose project. At the same time, TRS had supported NDA in the presidential election, he had pointed out.