Telangana CM Revanth Reddy Hits Back at PM Modi's Corruption Allegations

Telangana CM Revanth Reddy responds to PM Modi's corruption allegations, accusing BJP candidate DK Aruna and her family of illicit activities. Reddy warns of communal hatred and financial strain under Modi's government, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana.

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Telangana CM Revanth Reddy Hits Back at PM Modi's Corruption Allegations

Telangana CM Revanth Reddy Hits Back at PM Modi's Corruption Allegations

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy has strongly responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegations of corruption against the Congress government in the state. Addressing a road show in Shadnagar on Friday, Reddy questioned Modi's judgment of the Congress based on just 150 days of governance, while ignoring the alleged illicit activities of BJP Mahabubnagar candidate DK Aruna and her family in Gadwal.

Why this matters: The escalating verbal sparring between PM Modi and CM Revanth Reddy has significant implications for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, as it may influence voter sentiment and sway the outcome of the polls. Moreover, the allegations of corruption and communal hatred have the potential to erode trust in the political establishment and undermine the country's democratic fabric.

Reddy accused Aruna and her family of indulging in the sale of illicit toddy and liquor, sand mining, granite quarrying, taking commissions from contractors, and unfairly grabbing contracts for decades in Gadwal. He warned that if Aruna wins the election, her brother and former BRS MLA Chittem Ram Mohan Reddy would perpetrate atrocities on the people by filing cases against them and indulging in illegal mining of natural resources.

The Telangana CM also cautioned the people that the BJP was trying to helping retain power by spreading hatred between communities and playing the politics of communal hatred. He reminded them of the peaceful living conditions in the state, thanks to the steps taken by former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, and asked, "Do we wish to live those days again? Should we destroy the state to let a few BJP MPs win?"

Revanth Reddy emphasized the importance of communal harmony for attracting investments to the state. He cited the example of Noida in UP, where investments were not coming due to communal disharmony created by the BJP government. He said that Hyderabad could get capital investments only if the people lived in harmony.

The verbal sparring between PM Modi and Reddy has intensified in recent weeks, with Modi accusing the Telangana government of corruption and imposing what he referred to as the "RR tax" on the public. Reddy hit back by questioning Modi's future in light of the BJP'sone, year, left, retirement, dig, pm, mmpolicy, suggesting that the PM should adhere to the same rule when he turns 75 next year.

"He has decided 75 years as the age for retirement in the BJP for an elected representative. That is how he has forcefully taken decisions against LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, and senior leaders. Now that Narendra Modi is going to cross 74 years, one more year is left. I want to pose the same question to Narendra Modi: Are you ready to retire at the age of 75?"Reddy said.

The Telangana CM also accused the Modi government of borrowing excessively, leading to financial strain on the country. "I want to remind you of one thing: From 1947 to 2014, 14 prime ministers for almost 67 years have borrowed 55 lakh crores. PM Modi borrowed 113 lakh crores. He ruined this country. The country is facing a crisis. So, he has to take responsibility," Reddy stated.

Telangana is set to vote on May 13 during the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with results expected on June 4. The ongoing political tensions between PM Modi and CM Revanth Reddy are likely to shape the electoral discourse in the state as the battle, seat enters its final stages. Reddy's strong response to Modi's allegations and his warning about the BJP's divisive politics have set the stage for a fierce in Telangana.