MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha also dismissed the victory of Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, saying they barely scraped through.

Telangana MP Kavitha defends father KCRs buffoon remark on Rahul GandhiANI
news Politics Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 15:00

Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha on Wednesday defended the 'buffoon' remark made by her father and Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao against Rahul Gandhi, President of Congress, which is also the principal opposition party in the state. On September 6, after dissolving the Assembly, KCR had called Rahul the 'biggest buffoon’. Responding to the Congress party's allegation that KCR was acting as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's puppet, he had said, “Everyone knows what Rahul Gandhi is. He’s the biggest buffoon in the country. The whole country has seen how he went to Narendra Modi and hugged him.”

At a press gathering in Delhi, called by Telangana MPs, Kalvakuntla Kavitha recalled this comment by KCR and defended him. “The whole nation watched when the leader of Opposition breaking, all the established practices of Parliament, suddenly went around and hugged a prime minister. Everybody felt it it was a silly move and that is why our leader responded in a way that he responded,” she said.  

She added, “Our leader and chief minister had called Rahul Gandhi a name and the definition definitely says that a person who does silly things is called buffoon, as simple as that.”

Further, speaking about the proposed Federal Front by CM KCR, she said, “The Federal Front is being floated. It will be taken seriously. Our agenda is to address the people of this nation, not the political parties. There have been various political groupings in the country; while some failed, a few succeeded."

Slamming the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, she said, “The NDA miserably failed in various promises they themselves made, starting from women reservation bill to various other issues. They have failed this nation.”

Affirming about the TRS’s non-Congress and non-BJP position in the Centre, Kavitha said, “We believe that a neutral platform, which is free of both BJP and Congress, should be established.”  

She clarified that they don't support Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister candidate. "Rahul Gandhi's name is being proposed as a Prime Minister but we are neither in favour of this nor part of the group. In fact, two regional parties, from the same group, objected to his name,” she said referring to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Trinamool Congress.

When asked if the TRS would support the BJP in the 2019 elections and emerge as the kingmaker, she said they are not the B team of any party.

She further dismissed the victory of the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. "In Madhya Pradesh, they (Congress) gained only by a default, where the BJP gave them a tough fight. It was not a clear victory. In Rajasthan, where they expected a landslide, they barely scraped through. This does not show a mighty Congress, but shows only the pitiful state of the Congress,” she said.  

She said that if there were regional parties in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, they would have played a major role. “In the near future, you will see that regional parties will have a greater role to play in the national politics,” she added.


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