Mahbubnagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday kicked off the BJP’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana by targeting Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) calling him the face of the politics of dynasty and appeasement.
Addressing a rally at Bhoothpur in Mahbubnagar district, he also slammed the alliance between the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) saying it can do no good to Telangana.
“This alliance of those who insult ‘Bharat Mata’ and speak for reservation in violation of the Constitution is only for vote bank politics,” Modi said in an obvious reference to the TRS’ demand for 12 per cent reservation for Muslims in government jobs and education.
Modi pointed to the nearly three-month long delay in the formation of the KCR government’s cabinet in Telangana and poked fun at the Chief Minister’s reliance on astrology. “You showed great haste in going for the Assembly elections but there was long delay in forming the Cabinet. Astrology might have been the reason for it,” he remarked.
Claiming that KCR advanced the Assembly polls because an astrologer told him that in April-May fortune will favour Modi, the Prime Minister said it would be difficult for the TRS to escape now. “Will Telangana’s future be decided by people or jyotish?” he asked.
Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP for a strong India, Modi said their ‘chowkidar’ had come seeking their blessings once again. He said despite attacks and abuses by his opponents, he ran the government with honesty and worked day and night to make people’s life comfortable.
The PM claimed that the development works which were hanging fire for decades were completed while work was on to execute many new projects. “From basic works like sanitation and construction of toilets to conducting missile test to destroying satellite in the space, this chowkidar took many decisions,” he said.
Modi claimed that his government crushed terrorism, confining it to a corner in Kashmir. Barring a small region, bomb blasts had become a thing of the past in the country, he said.
He said India demonstrated its power by going beyond the border to destroy terrorists. He also claimed that the world was heeding India’s loud voice, recognising its growing importance and taking note of its new image and self-confidence.
Modi slammed the Opposition parties saying they neither have a leader nor policies. “They can think only of their families. They can’t do any good for the Dalits, poor, oppressed and depressed,” he said.
He lashed out at the Congress for “raising doubts about the capability of the Army and showing more concern for proof of the strikes in Pakistan than for the soldiers”.