A political row erupted in Gajwel, the constituency of Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, after Vanteru Pratap Reddy, who is likely to be the Congress candidate for the seat, claimed that senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader Harish Rao called him.
The Congress leader claimed that Harish Rao called him from an unknown number, and said, “If you defeat my uncle, their family will go behind and I will work together with you. If you need anything, I am ready to help you. This is the truth.”
Harish Rao is KCR’s nephew and this comes amid rumours that all was not well between the first family of the TRS. Harish is the caretaker Irrigation Minister while his cousin brother and KCR’s son, KT Rama Rao, is the caretaker IT Minister and the latter has often been portrayed as KCR’s political heir.
Vanteru Pratap Reddy also claimed that Harish was in regular touch with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and would join their party any time.
“I told him that the entire Gajwel constituency is with me and will vote for me,” he added.
Hitting back, Harish Rao said, “My birth and death will be in TRS only. I will stay in Gajwel and ensure that he (Pratap Reddy) loses his deposit and his political career is buried.”
“Afraid and frustrated that he will not get votes, he is speaking whatever is coming to his mind. I have been in Gajwel for the last 10 days and I have been campaigning for the TRS and his popularity is declining every day. Today, before he makes allegations against me, the people know each person’s character,” Harish said.
“The people are seeing me from many years. They know me well. If he loses this time, his political career will be over, which is why he is stooping so low. If you have evidence, show it to the public or else apologize. We will pursue this legally and take it to the police and court if necessary. You will know your status among the people after December 11. People are laughing at you,” he added.
Elections in the state are scheduled to be held on December 7 and the counting of votes will take place on December 11.