Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Monday lashed out at Congress leaders in the state and party President Rahul Gandhi and asked them to make their stand clear, if they were prepared to face early elections in the state.
Speaking to TRS leaders at the Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Monday, KTR pointed out that Congress leaders in the state like Uttam Kumar Reddy and Revanth Reddy have been labeling him as a 'bachcha' (child) in politics.
Hitting back, KTR said, "I am 42 years it has been more than a decade since I entered politics. I joined TRS in 2006 and fought for the Telangana movement till 2014. I may be Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's son, but I have worked on the ground and I have been elected thrice to the Assembly. There was no backdoor entry. People voted me in."
"Now, if I'm a child, Rahul Gandhi is 45, three years older to me. If I'm a bachcha, what is he? Even if I was elected because of my father, he comes from a family where even his great great grandfather, Motilal Nehru, was in politics. I have gone to jail, has he? Rahul Gandhi has no other qualification other than his dynasty tag," KTR added.
This comes a day after KTR, stating that the ruling-TRS was ready for polls at any time, asked opposition parties why they were afraid of the elections being brought forward.
"People are ready to vote for us, no matter what. They are coming out in huge numbers. We have no need to offer money, like some have alleged. No matter when the polls are held, people are ready to make us win 100% of the seats. We have won in every bye-poll and minor election since we came to power in the state," KTR told reporters.
He also lashed out at the opposition for their comments and said that the people itself will respond to them.
KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, had dropped hints that the Assembly elections may be held early. The state elections are originally scheduled along with the Lok Sabha polls next year.