A FEW days after Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) advised a Bengaluru-based startup founder to move to Hyderabad, following the latter’s tweet complaining of Bengaluru’s roads and infrastructure, an interesting Twitter exchange took place between Karnataka’s Congress leader DK Shivakumar and KTR on Monday morning.
Responding to KTR’s tweet, DK Shivakumar stated that by the end of 2023, with the Congress back in power, Bengaluru’s glory as India’s best city will be restored. By stating that he does not know much about Karnataka’s politics and who will win, KTR replied saying, let the two cities of Bengaluru and Hyderabad have a healthy competition when it comes to creating jobs for youngsters.
“Let’s focus on infra, IT and BT, not on Halal and Hijab”, added the Telangana minister in his tweet.
On March 31, Ravish Naresh, the founder of Bengaluru-based startup Khatabook, took to Twitter complaining about poor roads and a lack of quality infrastructure in the city despite startups in HSR/Koramangala (India’s Silicon Valley) generating enough money through taxes.
This tweet of Ravish caught the attention of KTR, who replied, “Pack your bags and move to Hyderabad! We have better physical infrastructure and equally good social infrastructure.”
KTR, who is also the working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, has tried to ensure that not a single opportunity is missed to promote Hyderabad and Telangana as a region of opportunities and inclusivity. For instance, in December 2021, after the Karnataka police issued orders to cancel the stand-up shows of comedians Munawar Faruqi and Kunal Kamra, citing “security reasons”, KTR had invited them to perform in Hyderabad instead.
“In our city, stand-up comedians get an open invite. We don’t cancel shows of Munawar Faruqui and Kunal Kamra just because we are not aligned with them politically,” KTR had said.
Even when Kerala-based Kitex group in July last year, decided to pull out of Kerala alleging “harassment” from state authorities, they were invited by KTR to invest in Telangana.