MAHBUBNAGAR: On Tuesday, Mahbubnagar town turned into a political battlefield with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao trading charges at massive public
Prime minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on what he described as “family rule” in
Telangana and asked voters to “pack off KCR” by rejecting the TRS in the December 7 elections.
Addressing a massive public meeting in Mahbubnagar town, Modi said both the TRS and the Congress were
alike and two sides of the same coin.
“KCR has failed in delivering what was expected of him by the people of Telangana. He could not do so
because he worked with two entities which do not know what governance is,” PM said referring to
Modi described KCR as having been ‘ghulam’ of Chandrababu Naidu and the Sonia Gandhi remote-controlled
UPA government, in which he was a Union minister.
To drive home his point, PM Modi asked the crowd if they had got the double bedrooms promised by the
Telangana government, and the crowd shouted “No”. “Then did he not lie to you and make false promises?”
the PM asked.
PM Modi said Telangana under Rao did not join Ayushman Bharat scheme under which the Centre would bear
medical expenses of the poor to the extent of Rs five lakh a year because of his feeling of insecurity.
“This chief minister feels so insecure … he trusts astrologers, does puja, ties nimbu-mirchi (to ward
of evil). So when we introduced Ayushman Bharat Yojana, he decided not to join it. He feared people
will reject him if Modicare comes into force. He did injustice to the poor people of the state,” Modi
Earlier in the day, addressing another election rally in Nizamabad, the PM noted that Rao had once said
he would transform Nizamabad into a smart city like London but the place was still grappling with
shortage of water, electricity and proper roads.
Urging the people to give an opportunity to the BJP to form the next government in Telangana, PM said
growth and development of the state would be faster. “One engine in Telangana and one engine at the
Centre will together put Telangana on a fast track growth,” he said.
PM Modi’s attack evoked a strong response from KCR.
“I did not think Narendra Modi’s is such a senseless person to lie that there is a problem of power
supply in the state. He said that in Nizamabad. I dare him to fly down to Nizamabad and I will also
reach there and I am ready to debate with him and call his bluff,” he said.
KCR said it was sad that Narendra Modi was resorting to spreading lies just because of elections. “It
is so disgraceful that someone of the stature of a PM spreads falsehood,” he said.
Throwing a challenge at PM Modi, he said: “Mr Narendra Modi, there is no power problem in Telangana.
You cannot lie and level false allegations against the chief minister of a state. KCR said he was not
scared of anyone and that is why he had responded in English so that Modi could get the message.
“Am I Chandrababu Naidu to be scared,” he said.
PM Modi also attacked the TRS and the Congress over family rule and vote bank politics.
“I could not help but chuckle when Sonia Gandhi, with Rahul Gandhi sitting beside her, criticised the
family rule of Telangana,” the PM said referring to the recent public meeting they addressed in Medchal
The Prime Minister said both the Congress and TRS had been trying to divide people on the basis of
caste and religion. “Why didn’t the Congress increase reservations for Muslims? And why does KCR also
indulge in such politics?” he asked. He said both the Congress and the TRS were playing vote bank
“KCR only knows how to talk big and make tall claims,” he commented pointing out that the funds under
the finance commission provided to Telangana were more under the BJP government than the UPA government
of which KCR was a minister.
“The Congress should stop shedding crocodile tears for Telangana,” he said.
Narendra Modi said the Centre was executing infrastructure projects worth Rs 30,000 crore in Telangana.
Without mentioning MIM, he said some people were claiming to be the ones who call the shots whoever the
chief minister is.
Reacting to the charges, TRS president said there was a need to increase Muslim reservations because
the percentage of Muslims in Telangana after bifurcation was 12 per cent as compared to the six per
cent in undivided AP.
KCR also said Modi and Chandrababu Naidu had hatched a conspiracy to dethrone the TRS government in
2014 and MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi had informed him about it.