"Traitors, Demons, Dictators": Telangana's KCR's Blistering Attack On BJP

"Thanks to Indira Gandhi, she was bold enough to declare an Emergency...But today in India, there is an undeclared Emergency," he said.

"The judiciary has to save the country from these traitors, demons, and dictators," he said.

New Delhi:

Intensifying his blistering attacks on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today said that there is an "undeclared Emergency" in India. In a press address where he also showed a video clip of PM Modi's old speech on the falling rupee and a compilation of news clips apparently showing how raids were stopped on leaders after they joined the BJP, he said the "Narendra Modi Government should go and a non-BJP government should come". The BJP has responded by slamming the Chief Minister for "not focussing" on protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people when heavy rains have been forecast and instead indulging in "foul Language driven by a fear psychosis of BJP".

"Thanks to Indira Gandhi, she was bold enough to declare an Emergency. It was a direct, declared Emergency. But today in India, there is an undeclared Emergency," KCR said.

KCR referred to the Supreme Court's strongly-worded observations on now-suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma for her controversial Prophet comments and praised the two judges for their remarks.

"Justice Surya Kant and Justice Pardiwala, I am saluting you. Please keep the same spirit to save India. The judiciary has to save the country from these traitors, demons, and dictators," he said.

An old video clip of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi was played during the press conference where he is giving a fiery speech about the depreciating value of the rupee, blaming it on the then UPA government and demanding answers. "The rupee is now about to touch Rs 80. Why are you not answering us? We are asking the same questions," he jibed. 

In another clip, a compilation of news broadcasts edited together to quirky music showed various leaders joining the BJP. Terming the BJP "washing powder Nirma", KCR alleged that raids were stopped on leaders after they joined BJP. The video clip featured Eatala Rajender, Sujana Chowdary, CM Ramesh, Hemant Biswa Sharma, and Mukul Roy, among others.

On the recent dramatic political developments in Maharashtra, the Telangana Chief Minister asked if the BJP is a "manufacturer of Eknath Shindes". Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde was recently sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister with support from the BJP, leaving the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the party in a minority and fighting to claim ownership. "What's the reason for this arrogance that they can topple governments?" he asked, and took a shot at the new government saying it "gifted" the people a 20 per cent power tariff hike on Friday.

Mr Rao political days are numbered and "there are several Eknath Shindes" in his party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, or TRS, the BJP said, reacting to the critical remarks of the Chief Minister.

"How does Chief Minister KCR know what happens in the BJP National Executive Committee meeting? You are a state Chief Minister who is saying that the BJP doesn't have any strategy. If the BJP doesn't have any strategy then how can it be in power in 18 states. The language Chief Minister is using is very shameful," Telangana BJP state president Bandi Sanjay said at a press conference.

The BJP state chief said that there is a huge difference between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister KCR.

"Are you desh ki neta (leader of the country)? And you comparing yourself with PM Modi. PM Modi works 18 hours a day and you (KCR) don't even come out of your farmhouse. Everyone is laughing at you calling yourself desh ki neta," Bandi Sanjay, who is also MP from Karimnagar, said.

Earlier, KCR also responded to comments by Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai that KCR will meet the same fate as Uddhav Thackeray after the BJP comes to power in Telangana in the next Assembly elections. He said the DMK won in his state with a two-thirds majority whereas K Annamalai couldn't win his own seat. "In Telangana, we won with a three-fourth majority and they won one seat. Now our strength is 103, and along with our friendly parties we have 110 out of 117...and you threaten us with an Eknath Shinde? Is it a democracy or a conspiracy What kind of arrogance is this?" he fumed.

Training his guns at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he mocked the BJP leader saying his state's per capita income is one-fourth of Telangana and yet he comes to the state to give advice.

He further said that PM Modi is the "weakest PM" that India has ever had. From regular hikes in fuel prices to rising unemployment, "multiple scams, and hate crimes", he said the PM is answerable.

He also took a dig at the "double engine government" pitch of PM Modi and his party.

"Thanks to Mr Narendra Modi, we accept your proposal for a double engine sarkar. The people of India should decide which double engine should come - BJP or non-BJP. The facts and figures very clearly say that India requires a non-BJP double-engine government," he said.