India needs new economic and agricultural models: Telangana CM

Vastavam web: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who has been making efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP front, said Saturday the country needed new economic and agricultural models as the present system did not work. “We are not in a hurry for the election. It is in the process. I say it will certainly have its implications on the present political system. 100 per cent! Definitely, we will achieve some goal much before the election and we will continue to pursue the cause. It’s a national cause,” Rao told.

The chief minister, who met his West Bengal and Odisha counterparts, Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik respectively, this week, alleged that the Congress and the BJP have failed miserably in meeting the expectations of people. Hitting out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Rao said the TDP chief was the “dirtiest politician” in the country who does “cheap politics” for power. “What I started is not for cheap politics like you…. What I talked about was an Indian federal front. I am stressing that the federal front (should be) without Congress, without the BJP. I am meeting people and leaders for that,” he said. Naidu was earlier critical about Rao’s efforts over the federal front.

“Does Naidu have any idea about the models for governance that he was proposing?” the TRS chief asked. Rao alleged that Naidu did not have any consistency in politics as he was part of the NDA and later criticised the coalition after coming out of it. Saying that the IT sector grew in Hyderabad because of the geographical and other advantages of the city, Rao accused Naidu of falsely claiming credit for it.

Commenting on the TDP-Congress alliance against the TRS in the recent Assembly election, Rao said Naidu would certainly get a “return gift” from him and claimed that the TDP would lose in the upcoming Assembly election in Andhra Pradesh. He dismissed criticism against the TRS government over protecting the interests of backward classes in the coming rural local body elections and said the Congress and the BJP were not sincere in their cause. The Congress leaders are behaving with “idiocy” on the issue, he alleged.