- Rahul Gandhi touring Telangana to build support for Congress
- Says Chief Minister subjecting the state to 'family rule'
- Chief Minister KCR's son tweets that's rich, coming from Congress
That Mr Gandhi, 46, pulled that particular arrow from his quiver had many - including the Chief Minister's relatives - reaching for a pot-kettle analogy.
"Classic comedy," tweeted the Chief Minister's son, KT Rama Rao, who is a minister, pointing out that the Gandhis - Rahul is No 2, his mother Sonia is Congress boss - owe their position entirely to their party's unflinching embrace of its first family.
Indian Notional Congress leadership talking of 'family rule' has to be the joke of the millennium. Classic comedy- KTR (@KTRTRS) June 1, 2017
Mr Gandhi's trip to Telangana has been robust in contretemps. Yesterday, as he drove through the capital city of Hyderabad, posters declared him "the Prince of Politics", unfortunate billing at a time when his leadership is being taunted by critics as based on his DNA rather than merit. On his watch, as main campaigner, the Congress has accrued skimpy results in a series of elections, with Punjab being the sole and recent exception.
In 2009, in a sudden midnight decision, the government that was then led by the Congress agreed that Telangana, one of the three regions of Andhra Pradesh, would be turned into a state. The promise followed a nearly 60-year-old demand by the people of the region and a 15-year-long campaign led by KCR, as the Chief Minister is known. It was however only in 2014 that Telangana was declared the country's 29th state.
KCR's son and daughter, K Kavitha, are part of his government, which also includes a nephew.
Mr Gandhi at public meetings yesterday targeted the Chief Minister for failing to protect the interests of students or farmers. Telangana confronts drought and rural distress, and its farmer suicides amount to a staggering number - 2,885 in the last three years.