KCR takes clear aim at Rahul Gandhi in Telangana, Congress has a comeback

Accusing Rahul Gandhi of inheriting the legacy of the Congress’ Delhi empire, KCR appealed to the people of Telangana “not to become slaves to Delhi”.

Updated: Sep 06, 2018 23:16:18

By HT Correspondent

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday recommended dissolving the state assembly, nine months before its term ends. (PTI/File Photo)

As Telangana headed to early polls after the dissolution of the state assembly on Thursday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao went all guns blazing at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. KCR, as the now-caretaker chief minister is called, said the Congress boss the “biggest buffoon” of the country.

The Congress did not let the attack go unanswered and fielded senior congress leader RC Khuntia who described the Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief as “a dictator worse than Hitler” for banning protests at Hyderabad’s dharna chowk.

“Can a person who comes from a movement deny people their democratic rights,” asked the Congress leader.

KCR, as Rao is widely known, had started the war of words on Thursday while addressing a news conference shortly after the dissolution of the state Assembly to pave the way for early elections. Polling in Telangana was due in April-May 2019, when the country will vote in the general elections. The final decision on whether to hold an early election in the state now rests with the Election Commission.

About Gandhi’s plans to extensively campaign in Telangana, he said: “The more he comes, it will be easier for us (to win elections)”, reported IANS.

On a recent tour of Telangana, the Congress president had been particularly scathing in taking down KCR, describing him as someone who had become an expert at making tall promises but not delivering them. “Today, Telangana has become the capital of corruption... wherever you see, somebody’s land is snatched. This state is ruled by a one-family government. All the benefits are only for one family,” Gandhi said last month.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 17:16:04


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