Hours after missing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Hyderabad, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Thursday that the country would soon see a change at the national level, NDTV reported.
Ahead of Modi’s visit to Telangana on Thursday, Rao flew to Bengaluru to meet former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
Also in February, Rao avoided a meeting with Modi, when the prime minister visited the state to unveil a statue of the seer Ramanujacharya.
“Rao works for a alternate front, he is meeting with several leaders and visiting various states,” Kumaraswamy told ANI after the meeting. “He wants to save the country and bring about change for the benefit of the nation and the poor.”
Meanwhile, Rao told reporters that Modi gave many speeches but the promises he made did not materialize.
“The industries are closing, the GDP [Gross Doemstic Product is falling, inflation is increasing,” he said, according to NDTV. “There will be a change at the national level and no one can stop it. India will change…India must change.”
In the last few months, the Telangana chief minister has held meetings with Pinarayi Vijayan, Arvind Kejriwal and Uddhav Thackeray – his counterparts in Kerala, Delhi and Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, at an event in Hyderabad, Modi urged citizens of Telangana to do away with dynasty politics.
“Parivaarvadi [family-run] parties are not just political issues, they are the biggest enemies of democracy and youth,” Modi said, according to The current moment. “People in Telangana observe how family parties take an interest in their own welfare. These parties never care about the problems of the poor.
The Telangana Chief Minister’s son, KT Rama Rao, is a minister in the State Cabinet, while his daughter K Kavitha is a member of the Legislative Council.
Telangana should be protected from “superstitious people”, Modi said, in a supposed reference to Rao. He praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath for not being superstitious despite being a seer.
After his appointment as chief minister, Rao had made headlines for changing his house out of superstition.
Modi also said that Telangana was ready for a change and the Bharatiya Janata party would definitely come to power in the state.
“Their [Telangana Rashtra Samiti] the policy is only to make sure that one family stays in power and continues the looting and for that they plan to divide the society,” he said, according to The current moment.