A day after TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s diatribe against Congress leadership, right from Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi, and against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at the TJAC’s Samara Deeksha at Indira Park on Monday, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, along with his Cabinet colleagues from Telangana and party whips, came strongly against the TRS chief.
Kiran Reddy also dared the TRS chief to topple his government and said the Congress party and its leaders did not win on anybody’s mercy. “You are a leader of a sub-regional party. You better know your stature before talking about stalwarts,” was Reddy’s candid message. He said the government was not taking any legal action against KCR, but the “law will take its own course”.
Even as the CM and Cabinet ministers came down on the TRS chief, Congress leaders, including government whip T Jagga Reddy, approached various police stations across the state with complaints against KCR for his “unparliamentary” language.
Following widespread criticism of the TRS chief’s comments against Nehru family, the Congress ministers from the region reportedly met Kiran Reddy on Tuesday and held consultations whether to take legal action against KCR. Kiran reportedly favoured not initiating any legal action, but to come out with strong words against KCR.
Flanked by a majority of Telangana ministers, Kiran Reddy praised the Nehru family and listed out the sacrifices made by Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. He heaped praise on the prime minister and said the language used by KCR was unacceptable and an insult to the Telugu people.
“Is this your culture? Do you think you would become a great person if you abuse great people?” Reddy asked and said that the UPA government was trying to resolve the Telangana issue. “All the piled up years are a waste if one doesn’t learn some manners,” he said.
Making an attempt to show KCR his place in politics, Reddy said not a single MLA from the region won with the help of the TRS chief. “They won on their own and not on your mercy. They won because of the Congress,” Reddy said and added the the TRS could win only 10 seats, while the Congress won more than 50 on its own against the Mahakutami, the alliance in which TRS was a constituent.
With respect to the threats to ministers from the region, Kiran Reddy said they can protect themselves. “They won on their own. Not once, but several times and even when Telangana sentiment was there.”