Caretaker IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday hit back at BJP national president Amit Shah and said that 'his show' would not work in Telangana as the people were aware of the party's tactics. Speaking to reporters in Vemulawada, KTR said, "Amit Shah’s show will not run in Telangana. The BJP leadership may have nurtured hopes of coming to power in Telangana like it has in other States, but it will not happen here. At best, the party may pick up five Assembly Seats. Shah said his party will contest in all the 119 Assembly constituencies in the state. Let us see in how many seats BJP manages to get back the deposits.”
KTR also pointed out that the BJP failed to win a single corporator seat in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, despite making tall claims.
Demanding that the BJP government at the Centre fulfill its promises made to the state, KTR also said, "There is no Central government without State governments as the Centre is solely surviving on the state governments for income with the taxes paid by the respective states."
Amit Shah on Wednesday had alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao advanced the Telangana Assembly polls as he was afraid of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.
Addressing an election meeting in Karimnagar, Shah said that the Assembly elections should have been held in April-May next year along with the Lok Sabha polls but the TRS chief imposed a burden of hundreds of crores on people by going for early polls.
Urging people to give a chance to the BJP in the state, Shah promised that they would make Telangana a developed state like other BJP-ruled states and liberate it from what he called the "clutches of (MIM leader Asaduddin) Owaisi".
He claimed that while the BJP was for driving out ‘infiltrators’ from the country, the Congress, TRS, TDP, Communists and others want them to stay.