Why Did KCR React Savagely To Amit Shah’s Barbs?
Hyderabad: Why was Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) so explosive in his media conference on Wednesday in which he tore BJP’s national president Amit Shah’s argument to pieces? KCR’s nephew and an important minister T Harish Rao has already given a fitting reply to Amit Shah’s criticism. Why did KCR have to get into a dual with the second most powerful person in the country after the prime minister? Why did he have to ridicule the BJP chief by calling him ‘Bhramit Shah’ and saying that as far as he is concerned Telangana is the ‘Badshah?’
People of Telangana have watched Amit Shah making claims about central assistance to Telangana. He also blamed Telangana Government for not doing enough to utilise the central fund thus depriving the people of Telangana the benefit of assistance given by Modi Government. There has been a feeling already among the people of Telangana that KCR is submissive to the NDA Government for some unknown reasons. The chief minister has been very severe in his criticism of the Congress but sparing in the case of TDP and apologetic as far as the BJP is concerned. There were also rumours that the NDA Government has got a dossier prepared on a case of a scam purportedly occurred when KCR was union labour minister. It was believed to be based on a decision KCR took as a minister favouring a Coimbatore company. The Enforcement Directorate is reportedly acting on the allegations. This was supposed to be the reason for KCR to be subdued when it comes to reacting to Shah’s criticism during his earlier visit when he made a similar comment about central funds. At that time KCR chose to ignore Shah’s criticism.
KCR had to react and react firmly in order to put an end to the rumours regarding the ED case and also to clear the public perception about his being unduly soft on the BJP. Keeping quiet even after Amit Shah’s insinuations would have been most harmful to the image of KCR and Telangana Government. It is also against the temperament of the leader who led Telangana statehood movement by force of his bold moves and unparalleled gift of the gab. So, he decided to strike.
When an angry KCR speaks there would be no mincing of words they come as straight arrows and hit the target powerfully leaving it bleeding.
KCR came prepared for the media conference to rebut Shah’s charges point by point. He reminded the national president of the ruling party that the BJP could not win a single seat in GHMC polls in the five Assembly segments held by the party. He also said the BJP will not win a single Assembly or Lok Sabha seat in 2019.
The chief minister said Telangana State has given ₹50,013 crore to the Centre by way of various taxes in 2016-17 and the Centre in turn gave ₹24,561 crore in the same year. He said the Centre is not doing any ‘meherbaani’ to Telangana as it has given funds only according to the principle of devolution and not a rupee more. Only six or seven states in the country contribute to the Centre more than they take and Telangana is one of them, he pointed out. Reeling out the figures, KCR said the Centre has so far given ₹ 67,390 crore since formation of TS. It included ₹37,773 crore as part of devolution which is natural in a federal country. ₹ 18,574 crores were given towards centrally sponsored funds and ₹2,055 crore towards the expenditure on national highways.
KCR reminded Amit Shah that his reckless public speeches had cost the BJP heavily in the election to Delhi Assembly. He said TRS is yet to decide whom to support in the presidential elections. He complained that Amit Shah has uttered blatant lies.
BJP sources said the explosive media conference of KCR was keenly watched by Amit Shah at Harris Plaza which is very close to the chief minister’s residence. TBJP president Dr Laxman and National General Secretary of the party Muralidhar Rao were with him. KCR also chose to speak in English and Hindi so that the BJP president can understand.
Later in the evening, Amit Shah has reacted to KCR’s barbs when the former spoke at the BJP booth level workers meeting at Crystal Garden in the city. The BJP president reiterated all his charges and claims with greater force. The BJP leaders felt that Amit Shah and the BJP have got more mileage because of CM’s media conference. As a result of Amit Shah’s latest visit the bonhomie between the BJP and the TRS has ended. That was perhaps what the BJP wanted.