Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao launched a scathing attack against his former ally and Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) Chairman, M Kodandaram on Friday.
KCR was addressing media persons after a trade union affiliated to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana swept the polls in state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), defeating the alliance of opposition parties.
Calling him a 'small fellow', KCR went on to say, "Kodandaram is one of the thousands of workers groomed by me during the Telangana movement. It was me who set up the TJAC. But, now, Kodandaram is spewing venom on our government. He is working for the Congress."
â€śWe all know the dirty politics played by Kodandaram and they believed him. His actions have ruined prospects of Congress party in Telangana State for good. Kodandaram overestimates himself. He feels that TJAC survived because of him, but fails to realise that there are thousands of people moulded by me in the process of achieving separate statehood," he added.
Kodandaram played an active role in the Telangana struggle for separate statehood as head of the TJAC and was one of Chief Minister's biggest supporters. Today, he is considered one of KCR's most vocal critics.
However, the Chief Minister was not done yet, as he took a jibe at the TJAC chairman and said that he could not win even a sarpanch election.
â€śWhere is the need for him to continue TJAC when Telangana state was achieved? He is using TJAC as a mask. If he wants to do politics, let him join any party and take on the TRS directly. We are ready to face him. I offered him a ticket in 2014 but he ran away. Now he has a grudge against the TRS and me and is making cheap comments every day,â€ť KCR claimed.
This is the second time that KCR has hit out against his former ally. In the last week of September, the Chief Minister called Kodandaram 'brainless'.
"Who is he? What position does he hold? Does he have a brain? I don't answer irrational comments," KCR remarked.