New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday reached Patna, where he was received by his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. The Telangana Chief Minister’s visit to Bihar is being viewed as the coming together of regional forces against the BJP-led NDA at Centre for the upcoming 2024 General Elections.
Nitish Kumar hailed the Telangana Chief Minister’s visit and lauded his development work in the southern state. “Your adversaries speak a lot against you. Little do they realize what stuff you are made of. You were the one whose single-minded struggle led to the creation of Telangana. The people will never desert you,” Kumar said.
He also expressed anguish over the Narendra Modi government’s refusal to accept his plea for giving special category status to Bihar. “The special status could have helped us develop faster. I have now left them (BJP-led government). The old times were different as Atal ji (Atl Bihari Vajpayee) used to treat others with respect. Now there is no work only prachaar and prasaar,” said Kumar.
The two Chief Ministers provided financial assistance to the families of soldiers killed in the Galwan valley clash two years ago, and those of 12 labourers who died in an accident in Hyderabad in March 2022.
“Today’s program by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana CM KCR is in view of honouring the soldiers who lost their lives in Galwan Valley and the people who died in a recent accident in Hyderabad. If all states cooperate like this, the country will succeed,” said Tejashwi Yadav.
KCR will also participate in a lunch programme upon the invitation of Kumar, where both the leaders will discuss the national politics. The TRS leader will hold a press conference after the lunch.
While KCR has been an open critic of the BJP-led government, Nitish Kumar broke away from his alliance with the saffron party in the state while retaining the CM post in a dramatic turn of events. Kumar’s JD(U) ended its coalition with BJP and went back to join hands with old foes-turned-allies in the state – RJD, Congress and Left.
On Monday, KCR lashed out at the NDA government and appealed to the people to pledge for a “BJP-mukt Bharat”, an India free of BJP, in 2024. “Then only we can save this country, otherwise there is no scope to save this nation,” he said.
Speaking at a public meeting at Peddapalli, KCR, described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Golmal PM”. He alleged that whatever PM Modi and the Centre say are “blatant lies”.
Earlier on Sunday, a meeting of the National Farmers Unions adopted a resolution that KCR will take the lead in uniting the farmers of the country from the village level to fight against the Centre.
Alleging that the Narendra Modi government is pursuing “anti-farmer policies”, Rao appealed to the farmer leaders to take a plunge into politics and help solve the problems of the farmers.