The Telangana caretaker minister made the statement while answering a question posed by a Twitter user during a live interactive session on Twitter.

TRS will not support BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls declares KTR
news Politics Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 19:51

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) will not support the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, said KT Rama Rao, Telangana caretaker minister and son of TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao. He made the comment on Thursday while responding to a user’s question during a live interactive session on Twitter.

In what was the last question of the session, Twitter user Santosh Chowhan asked KTR, “Sir would you support BJP in the 2019 elections?”

In response, KTR said, “Absolutely not, because the BJP and we don't see eye to eye... on a number of counts, we have a strong difference of opinion. We are an extremely secular party, which carries people of different hues and shades and all sections of society. We don't polarise based on any criteria, therefore there the question of joining or aligning with them do not arise.” He also did not reveal his choice of Prime Minister when asked, saying, "Would reveal when Lok Sabha elections are around the corner.”

The caretaker minister talked about various initiatives undertaken by ministeries under his domain. KTR is the caretaker Minister for Information Technology, Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration and Urban Development.

KTR was using the Twitter platform as a means to reach out to his social media base and claimed that his party would win over 100 seats out of the total 119 in the upcoming polls which are likely to be held around November-December. He did not shy away from taking pot-shots at his political opponents, namely the TDP-Congress alliance.

The caretaker minister said, “Theirs is not a mahagathbandhan but a maha-ghatiya-bandhan”. He alleged that the "flip-flops" of these two parties during the Telangana agitation movement had caused "immense hurt and pain" and had cost numerous lives in the state.

"The principal opposition party in Telangana is stooping to new lows. They are even body shaming my children. This is a new low that I abhor and detest. At the same time, if I stoop to their level, I will lose the respect people have for me," said KTR, when asked how he handles criticism from the opposition.

Responding to the Election Commission’s decision to stop the distribution of Bathukamma sarees on October 12, KTR said the party respects the EC’s decision but lashed out at the opposition, claiming that they are trying to stall welfare and development activities in the state “I am not surprised by their complaint. have confidence that this distribution will happen once we come back to power," he added.

Most of the questions that came KTR’s way in the one-and-a-half-hour long live feed revolved around job creation, sanitation problems, urban development, industries in the state, the condition of lakes in Hyderabad and lack of footpaths.

 
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