KCR pledges to fight ‘divisive’ forces and play a role in national politics | Latest India News

HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has pledged to fight “dividing communal forces” and play a role in national politics to bring about qualitative change in the country’s governance.

“The people of Telangana blessed me twice in the state elections. Now I seek their blessings to fight with the divisional and communal forces at the national level. We have developed our state as Bangaru [golden] Telangana and it is time to transform our country into Bangaru Bharat,” Rao said at a public rally after laying the foundation stone for two irrigation projects on Monday.

The comments by Rao, popularly known as KCR, came a day after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chairman Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Sunday. The meetings are seen as part of Rao’s efforts to forge a front of like-minded parties against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 national elections.

Rao said he would do everything possible to develop the country on all fronts. “I want India to be a stronger country than the United States so that American students come to our country for higher education.”

BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao said that before harboring any ambition to play a role in national politics, the KCR should first ensure that his party wins the upcoming assembly elections. “Everyone knows what happened to his attempts at a federal front in the past. The people of Telangana are aware of the political game plans.

He added that KCR’s meetings with Thackeray and Pawar were irrelevant. “[Telangana and Maharashtra] share borders and they can discuss whatever interests them mutually. He accused KCR of meeting “anti-national forces and corrupt leaders” for its selfish interests. He added that such meetings were only meant to divert people’s attention from the failures of the KCR government.

State Congress Leader A Revanth Reddy referred to the KCR meetings in Mumbai and added that it was about helping the BJP become a stronger force. He added that KCR had met with the leaders of the parties supporting the Congress. “Why doesn’t he meet neutral leaders like [Andhra Pradesh chief minister] YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress, [his Delhi and Odisha counterparts] Arvind Kejriwal from Aam Aadmi party and Naveen Patnaik from Biju Janata Dal? »

Reddy said that by splitting the anti-BJP votes, KCR was trying to benefit the BJP so Telangana’s chief minister could avoid going to jail for his “scams”. He called KCR’s visit to Mumbai a great drama. Reddy added that despite all the bragging, other regional parties were not taking Rao seriously.

“While Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar tweeted that they had discussed the development of Telangana and Maharasthra on the irrigation front, the [ruling] TRS [Telangana Rashtra Samithi] leaders say the meetings were to discuss national policy.

A day after Pawar and Thackeray met with the KCR, Shiv Sena and the NCP said on Monday they would not join any front without Congress.


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