NEW DELHI: Telangana minister and ruling
Bharat Rashtra Samithi
(BRS) working president KT Rama Rao on Monday countered the remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the state’s formation and said the PM’s statement is not only “factually incorrect” but also “ignorant and arrogant”.
The Prime Minister in his speech during the Special Session of Parliament said neither Telangana nor Andra Pradesh could celebrate the formation of the new state as there was bloodshed and bitterness in both the states following division.
The Prime Minister cited the division of other states during the BJP rule to highlight how the issue of creation of Telangana was mishandled by the then Congress-led UPA at the Centre.
“To suggest that Telangana did not celebrate its statehood is not only factually incorrect but also comes across as ignorant and arrogant,”
said in a post on ‘X’ reacting to
‘s comments on Telangana.
“I am deeply dismayed by Prime Minister @NarendraModi ji’s comments regarding the formation of Telangana state. This is not the first instance where the PM has made disparaging remarks about
, and it reflects his utter disregard for historical facts,” KTR further said in his post on ‘X’.
Speaking about the Telangana movement, the state IT Minister said, “The people of Telangana tirelessly fought for six decades to attain statehood, a momentous achievement finally realized on June 2nd, 2014. The journey to statehood was marked by countless sacrifices, particularly from the youth of Telangana.”
“In his attempts to criticize the Congress party, Prime Minister Modi has been repeatedly hurting the sentiments of the people of Telangana,” he said.
The Telangana minister further urged political leaders to speak on such “sensitive historical matters” with empathy and understanding.
“It is crucial for political leaders in important positions to approach such sensitive historical matters with empathy and understanding, considering the emotions and sacrifices associated with them,” he added.
The K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR)-led BRS is locked in an intense three-way battle as Telangana braces for year-end assembly elections.
Both the BJP and the Congress are going all out to unseat the KCR government in the state which is in its second term.
The Congress has alleged that the BRS in Telangana is the B-team of the BJP.
One of the key reasons for the BRS to stay away from the opposition bloc INDIA is perhaps the party’s rivalry with the Congress in the state.
(With inputs from agencies)