Vastavam web: Mounting a blistering attack on Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the prime minister and the ruling BJP of posing a threat to the country, claiming that they “spread hatred and anger”. Reacting to Gandhi’s remarks, BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao said, “It is the Congress that has resorted to caste and communal politics. The BJP has spoken on issues of development and people’s welfare. The Congress, in its desperation to come back to the electoral race, has been appealing to caste and communal considerations.”
Addressing rallies in poll-bound Telangana, Gandhi also lambasted caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, calling him “Khao Commission Rao” for alleged corruption and accusing his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of being “the B Team” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress, he asserted, would stand up to it, continue to fight against it and never compromise.
“…in 2019 (Lok Sabha polls), we will see to it that the BJP is defeated and Modi is removed,” Gandhi added. Hitting out at Rao, who is popularly called KCR, he asked the TRS chief why he supported the BJP and wanted to become the “B team” of the saffron party. The Congress chief said in every speech, the prime minister attacked him, made fun of him, talked about his family, but never criticised KCR, adding that the real name of KCR’s party (TRS) was “T-RSS”.The TRS and the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were actually the “B” and “C” teams of the BJP, he alleged.
Modi and the TRS had struck a “partnership” to ensure the continuation of the BJP and TRS rule at the Centre and in the state respectively, Gandhi said. “In this election, we will break this partnership. We will defeat the TRS and the AIMIM,” he said at a rally in Gadwal. In the last four-and-a-half years, KCR had supported the Modi government on various occasions, he said, referring to the TRS backing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominees in the presidential and vice-presidential elections.
Besides, Rao had also praised demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) “under pressure”, the Congress chief claimed. “You have to remember that there is a partnership between the TRS and Modi and they are working together,” he said, adding, “We will ensure the defeat of the TRS in Telangana and Modi’s BJP in Delhi (in the 2019 Lok Sabha election).” “KCR has been redesigning one project after another in the last five years and the people have given him a new name…every child knows his new name. It is Khao Commission Rao,” the Congress chief alleged.
When the state was formed five years ago, people had a dream of a new Telangana and a brighter future of “neelu” (water), “nidhulu” (funds) and “niyamakalu” (appointments) and of a “Bangaru Telangana” (Golden Telangana) he said. “KCR became the chief minister and only one family ruled the state your dreams were shattered. KCR betrayed you on (the promise of) water,” he said, adding that under the TRS rule, the dream of a “Golden Telangana” had led to a “golden kutumbam” (golden family). The Congress is contesting the Telangana Assembly polls, leading a four-party People’s Front, while the TRS and the BJP are going it alone.