Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has done a big volte-face. In what is seen as unthinkable and unimaginable for many, KCR on Wednesday stated, “Everyone in Hyderabad belongs to Telangana. All those who live in our State are Telanganites. Be it Gujaratis, or Marwadis, Maharashtrians or Kannadigas, Keralities or Bengalis or Andhraities or any others, who are all living here are our people. No one need to worry and we’re committed about their safety.”
Seeking everybody’s cooperation to develop Telangana, KCR showered Sops, “You are living in Telangana. Let us all develop the State. I will pump in Rs 10,000 crore. Extend your support to the TRS government. The poor will get pucca houses, flats, house sites where they live. Every eligible poor person will get ration card and other welfare schemes.”
However, KCR didn’t mince his words and took on his arch rival AP CM Chandrababu Naidu. “My fight is against ‘Andhra Rulers’ and not against common man. Accusing “Andhra rulers” of “neglecting” and “destroying” Hyderabad, he alleged that AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for trying to “scare” people living in the twin cities. Mr Naidu deserves the Nobel prize â€œfor being the biggest liar in the country,” Mr Rao said. “Don’t fall prey to Naidu’s game plan,” he added. “Naidu promised to waive Rs 1.54 lakh crore farm and Dwacra loans but went back on his promise,” he pointed out.
Breathing fire at Naidu, KCR said, “Naidu claims he had developed Hyderabad. If Naidu had developed then what about Quli Qutub Shah? What Quli Qutub Shah did? Should he commit suicide with Naidu’s comments? I don’t know Naidu’s high tech and low tech, but there was no development of Hyderabad under Andhra rulers. One big rain and there is water logging near Raj Bhavan, CM’s camp office, Assembly. Slums have mushroomed. Land sharks have knocked away huge tracts of lands while the huts of the poor were pulled down.”
KCR once again blamed Naidu and previous Congress government for “power crisis” in Telangana. All in all KCR’s biggest volte-face has caught several eye-balls. Not long ago KCR himself stated people who were living before 1956 only “belong to Telangana”. Are his latest statements an indication of “damage-control” steps over his “demeaning” popularity or an attempt to voters ahead of GHMC elections. Let’s wait and watch.