When asked about the Congress president’s plans to campaign in the state, KCR scoffed: “He is an asset for us. The more he comes to Telangana, the more seats we will win.”
HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao described Rahul Gandhi as the “biggest buffoon
in the country” in a savage take down today of the Congress president who has taken him on in rallies.
Mr Rao, aka KCR, was addressing reporters hours after announcing that the state assembly would be
dissolved, which set Telangana on course to early polls. Earlier this week, he had stopped short of
announcing the move, prompting a Congress dig that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slave and puppet may
have dropped the idea.”
Perhaps smarting from that comment, KCR today launched an unfiltered attack on the Congress chief,
saying: “Everyone knows what Rahul Gandhi is…He’s the biggest buffoon in the country. Whole country
has seen how he went to Mr Narendra Modi and hugged him, the way he is winking.”
He was referring to the 47-year-old Congress chief’s much-talked about act of hugging the Prime
Minister in the Lok Sabha.
Asked about the Congress president’s plans to campaign in the state, KCR scoffed: “He is an asset for
us. The more he comes to Telangana, the more seats we will win.”
The Chief Minister of India’s newest state also said Rahul Gandhi had inherited the “Congress’s Delhi
sultanate”. And so, he said, the people of Telangana should not be slaves to Delhi. “The decisions of
Telangana should be taken in Telangana,” he said.
A stung Congress retorted: “Only a buffoon can say this”.
Congress leader RC Khuntia said the Telangana chief minister had no right to say anything about Rahul
Gandhi, when he was himself promoting his family. “He is a Hitler, a dictator. He hasn’t visited his
office because of superstition,” Mr Khuntia said. In recent weeks, Rahul Gandhi had called Telangana
the “capital of corruption” and even compared KCR to PM Modi, saying both had the “same style”.
Earlier today, KCR asked the Governor to dissolve the assembly, a decision that had been anticipated
for days. The move pushes forward the elections from the middle of 2019 to the end of this year.
The Chief Minister also named more than 100 candidates of his Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).
Mr Rao’s push for early elections is seen as a move to keep his voter base together. Had the assembly
completed the full term, it would have clashed with the general elections and the focus would shift to
The TRS chief has been pitching for a non-Congress-non-BJP front for the 2019 polls for months. The
Congress, however, accuses him of working to a secret pact with the BJP, especially after Mr Rao met
with the Prime Minister in August.