Telangana caretaker Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Monday lashed out at former MLA and senior Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Revuri Prakash Reddy, warning to 'cut off his tongue' if he continued to make 'cheap' statements.
Addressing reporters earlier this week, Prakash Reddy had claimed that Harish Rao wanted to join the Congress much earlier but due to the sudden death of former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, it did not work out.
"Harish is desperate to prove his loyalty to his uncle and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who is neglecting him and talking ill of Chandrababu Naidu to please him,‚ÄĚ Prakash Reddy was quoted as saying.
However, the comments did not go down too well with the senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader.
Stating that the Mahakutami or grand opposition alliance in the state would lose, Harish Rao said, "As a last-ditch effort, they are resorting to cheap tricks. If you continue speaking like this, I will cut off your tongue, let me warn you."
He also expressed that the TRS would sweep the polls in December.
"I would like to tell the people that in the coming election on December 7, the KCR government coming back to power with more than 100 seats is inevitable. The TDP is finished over here. It is an Andhra party," he added.
Just earlier this week, Harish Rao was in another controversy after Pratap Reddy, a likely candidate for the Congress, claimed that the TRS leader called him from an unknown number, and said, ‚ÄúIf 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.‚ÄĚ
Pratap Reddy also claimed that Harish was in regular touch with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and would join their party any time.
Hitting back, Harish Rao said, ‚ÄúMy 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.‚ÄĚ