KCR was desperate to join NDA after Hyderabad civic polls: PM Modi

| Updated: 04 October, 2023 12:58 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a startling revelation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday disclosed that Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao had desperately sought to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after the Hyderabad municipal elections.

But we did not want to be associated with the BRS because of its misdeeds, he told a gathering in Nizamabad.

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“Today let me reveal a secret. Let me say it in public. I’ll also ask my media friends to cross-check what I am saying. After the GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) polls in which BJP won 48 seats, no one got majority, and the BRS needed numbers (to form the government),” he said.

PM Modi further said: “KCR visited me in Delhi with a fancy shawl and gave me a lot of respect, which was quite uncharacteristic of him. He said the country is progressing under your leadership and we also want to be part of the NDA. However, he also wanted help in the GHMC. I outright rejected his offer due to his deeds. I did not agree to his request.”

During the address, PM Modi recalled the period following the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls, in which the BJP secured a significant victory with 48 seats.

He revealed that prior to the polls, KCR had exhibited warm regards and respect for him, even welcoming him at airports with elaborate garlands. However, KCR’s attitude took an abrupt turn after the unpleasant meeting in Delhi.

“We are ready to sit in the opposition and bear KCR’s atrocities, but will never ditch the people of Telangana,” he told the rally.

PM Modi revealed another interaction with KCR where the latter discussed supporting his son, KTR. “There’s a reason why KCR doesn’t look me in the eye! After this incident, he once again came to me and spoke about supporting KTR, to which I also warned him against passing the baton to KTR. After all, we are a democracy, not a monarchy!”

He later proceeded to lay the foundation stone and inaugurate numerous development projects in Nizamabad, Telangana, totaling over Rs 8000 crores. He emphasized the importance of clean governance and his commitment to serving the people.

PM Modi’s visit marked the launch of the BJP’s campaign in Telangana, as the state geared up for elections in November-December, adding political significance to the visit.

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