Youth icon and the scion of Chandrababu Nara Lokesh has lashed out at Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in his long interview with DC. Lokesh talked at length on various issues including Telangana, power crisis, KCR, KTR and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, ally Pawan Kalyan and etc.
Relationship with dad Chandrababu:
Although he is my dad, I only call him so at our residence. Elsewhere I call him as our Leader. In fact, I take pride in calling him as leader. My GrandFather NT Ramarao and father Chandrababu both have their own strengths and weaknesses. While grandpa was more “Leftist”, dad initially was “Rightist” and then shifted towards “Centre”. I’d love to continue at “Centre”.
Future CM of Telangana?
I can’t think myself as future CM of Telangana as there are several veteran leaders in our party in this region. Coming to Andhra Pradesh, our leader Chandrababu will lead for at least another 10 years. I’m more inclined towards party activities and stabilizing party rather than positions, posts.
Andhra or Telangana?
It’s too sensitive and controversial at the moment. Only time will tell.
KCR is the one who is spreading hatred. They’ve burnt down our party offices and sending SMSes to burn Opposition parties. No one who has promoted hatred against other region has ever progressed. I was critical about Jagan Mohan Reddy and I will be critical about KCR. Since I’m a voter in Hyderabad, I’ve every right to criticize him. It took life for our leader to build city on global standards, now the development has come to halt.
On Pawan Kalyan, BJP getting stronger in AP:
We are in government. It’s not time for us to focus on politics. Our priority is to give good governance. Pawan and BJP are our good allies.
Friendship with KTR:
KTR and I are good friends. We often meet at social dos.
On business, politics:
Both business and politics are my passion. My father is politician and my mother is a businesswoman. I’m more inclined towards politics and safeguarding interests of people. I’m keen to follow my father.
I’m neither Telanganite nor Andhrite. I’m a pucca Hyderabadi, I grown up in Hyderabad and has vote here.