Written By: Saurabh Verma
Last Updated: October 03, 2023, 17:55 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday claimed that K Chandrashekhar Rao wanted to be a part of the BJP-led NDA alliance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. But the Prime Minister said he refused to let the BRS leader enter into the NDA.
The PM’s remarks came during BJP’s rally in Telangana’s Nizamabad. PM Modi said KCR used to receive him at airports and grant him courtesy and respect but he stopped doing so after he was not allowed to join the NDA. “Tabse woh mujhse nazar nahi milate,” he said.
“I am going to reveal the truth. I have never said it before. I came here to tell 100% truth. When the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections were held, BJP won 48 seats. Nobody got a majority. KCR needed support. Before civic elections, he used to come with his ‘fauj’, used to garland me, respect me. But what happened is he stopped doing this. Why is he angry now? After the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, he came to Delhi and respected me and gave me so much love which is not in his character,” the PM said.
“Then he said India is progressing under you and I want to join NDA. He asked for support in the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. I told KCR that Modi can’t join you because of your deeds. We will sit in the opposition in Hyderabad but we will not betray the Telangana people. I refused him entry into the NDA. He came again (to Delhi). He said he wanted to handover his chair to KT Rama Rao but I told him that people of Telangana will decide on his successor,” he added.
The PM’s comments assume significance as KCR has been making efforts to put up a third front against the BJP and Congress for the general elections next year.