Ahead of the assembly election in the five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur, and Goa, a new controversial statement by Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday, heated up the already ignited political atmosphere in the nation.
Addressing a press conference, KCR said, “We need to draft a new constitution in India. Now there’s a need to re-rewrite the constitution in India. I will meet all the leaders and will keep my point of view with them and ask them to fight alongside me.”
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) head also added that now is the time for a revolution, and that the youth of this country needs to fight for their needs. “It is time for India to react. Revolution is much needed now. We will soon work for the country and will announce very soon,” he said.
Hours after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered the budget speech on Tuesday in the Parliament, CM KCR expressed his deep disappointment over it and said that the BJP-led Centre needs to be removed and thrown in the Bay of Bengal.
The statement by the CM of one of the few non-BJP ruled states may have caused irritation in BJP camps. Adding fuel to the fire, CM KCR also announced that he has started talking to other leaders and will soon be making an official announcement on fighting for the country.
Emphasising that his statement should not be viewed from the lens of power-grabbing politics, he reiterated that it is not a fight for the Prime Minister’s post but it is for the change needed in the country.
KCR also said that he will soon be travelling to Mumbai and meet Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to decide the future course of action. Taking another jibe at the BJP, he said, “We will not keep quiet and the country should be free from these mindless leaders and parties.”
About the upcoming election in Uttar Pradesh, KCR predicted that the BJP could lose its grip on the state but may win using ‘unethical ways’. “We will fight them and we don’t fear these dogs,” he said.
Following his statements on altering the constitution, BJP State president (Hyderabad )Bandi Sanjay Kumar strongly objected to CM KCR’s statement. He said, “(The) constitution has the spirit of Dr BR Ambedkar, which couldn’t be erased by even the ancestors of the Chief Minister. The CM’s statement revealed his cruel intention to introduce his own Constitution. He appealed to people from the weaker sections to take note of such arrogant outbursts, which insulted the Constitution and those who drafted it.”
Later, Kumar highlighted that Rao was using the Telangana sentiment to save himself from prison as he faces various allegations of corruption while being a CM. He asked, “Can you show one corruption allegation against the central government under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Have you forgotten how you had indulged in corruption in the ESI scam along with Velugubanti Satyanarayana?”
Taking a jibe at KCR over his accusation of there being nothing in this year’s Union Budget for the health sector, he asked, “Did you give PPE Kits, oxygen cylinders or vaccines to people? Why did so many people die in Telangana during the second wave, at a time when you were promoting corporate hospitals?”
In this context, it is worthy to note here that in a letter to PM Modi last week, KCR has expressed his strong protest against the proposed amendments to the All India Services (Cadre) Rules, 1954, by the central government, seeking to acquire overriding powers to transfer IAS and IPS officers through central deputation and doing away with the requirement of taking the approval of the state governments.