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Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2018

Rahul Gandhi India’s ‘Biggest Buffoon’, KCR

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kcrHYDERABAD : Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao went into attack mode soon after paving the way for snap polls by recommending the dissolution of the state assembly as he described Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the “biggest buffoon” in the country.

“The whole country has seen how he went and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament and winked,” KCR told a news conference. When asked about Gandhi’s plans to extensively campaign in Telangana, the TRS chief said: “The more he comes, it will be easier for us (to win elections).
“KCR said Gandhi had inherited the legacy of the Congress’ Delhi empire and hence he was appealing to the people of Telangana not to become slaves to Delhi. “The decisions of Telangana should be taken in Telangana,” he said.
He said that if Congress leaders “come to ground and fight in the elections, public will give the reply.” “Before 2014 many issues were in Telangana, like bomb blasts, electricity issues, communal violence but now we are free of all this,” he said.
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.”
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.
The Congress, which is the main opposition in the state, has said KCR owed an explanation to the people as to what necessitated him to cut short the Assembly tenure.

The state was formed after “so much of struggle and sacrifices,” and people had so many hopes on development, farm issues and employment generation but those promises have not been fulfilled, the chief spokesperson of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Sravan Dasoju said.
Congress Spokesperson  Randeep Surjewala also attacked KCR, calling him a “modern-day Tughlaq” and a “BJP stooge”.The TRS chief, however, ruled out any alliance with the BJP, saying his was a 100 per cent secular party. “How can we join hands with BJP?” he asked. He also clarified that the TRS would fight the elections alone, but said his party remains friendly with the MIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen).
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 PM Modi.
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.(With Agency Inputs ).

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