The TRS leader criticized the BJP for what he called messing up the country by dividing people in the name of religion.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday (February 1st) said India needed to rewrite its Constitution to meet people’s expectations and ensure the country progresses to its full potential. Alleging that the Congress and the BJP have failed miserably in meeting the basic needs of the people over the past 75 years, he called for a qualitative change in the country and said he would contribute in any way possible to bring about the change.
When asked if ‘change’ means the withdrawal of the BJP from the Union government, CM KCR said, “Nothing will change in this current setup. We have to write a new Constitution of India… So many nations, whenever they felt it was necessary, rewrote their constitutions, they introduced new constitutions. Now there is a need in this country to pursue a constitution of India. New thinking, new direction, new constitution. This will be our slogan. You wait and see.
At a marathon press conference here, the Chief Minister announced that a meeting of retired officers from IAS, IPS and IFS would soon be held in Hyderabad to discuss the new curriculum for the country. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader said he would travel to Mumbai in a few days to meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss his plans. He also hinted at meetings with several other leaders including his West Bengal and Odisha counterparts Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik respectively.
“There is a need for major change in this country. We will definitely start in a few days. We also fought for Telangana, so we will fight now,” he said. “I talk to people. Indians must wake up, young people must wake up. These false talks and talks about religion that trigger riots can make you happy for a day or two but can’t solve our problems, can’t bring development to the country… It’s time for a big change, for a revolution in the country. Towards this change, as KCR, as a son of this country, I will certainly fulfill my responsibility. What will it look like? I’m talking to a lot of people around the country, and in a few days we’ll be announcing the policy. A new agenda must be set for India after 75 years. Our financial situation is shameful,” he said, while strongly criticizing the Union budget.
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KCR also called for uprooting the BJP from the Union government and “throwing it into the Bay of Bengal”. “If this is not done, this country cannot progress,” he said, criticizing the BJP for what he called the waste of the country by dividing people in the name of religion.
“Soon we will start working for the country. We will tell the country how change can be brought about. It is time for the country to react and free itself from foolish parties and leaders,” he said.
KCR also said that the politics of BJP and Congress are unitary which is neither good nor desirable for Indian democracy.
“In fact, as the level of maturity increases in a democracy, more powers should be delegated to states, but the reverse is happening in the country,” he said. “The Union government has failed miserably to maintain cooperative federalism. These fellows (BJP) have doubled the powers of theft of the states,” he added.
KCR called the BJP government’s call “one nation, one record” and the decision to take over powers over IAS and IPS officer postings as a conspiracy against the states. During his more than two-hour press conference, the TRS leader repeatedly referred to Telangana’s achievements over the past seven years and projected him as a role model for the whole country.
In response to a query, KCR did not agree that the ensuing elections in five states would be the semi-final of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. He said that BJP might retain power in Uttar Pradesh but its tally will go down and it will be the start of BJP defeat in 2024. “BJP might win in UP shamelessly. will make mistakes that are good for the country because it will be the start of their defeat in 2024,” he said.
Regarding AIMIM contesting the UP elections, KCR said there is nothing wrong with that. According to him, after the death of Ibrahim Suleman Sait of the Indian Union Muslim League, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi was trying to become the face of Indian Muslims. “He has no other platform. He is our brother, our soldier, a son of Telangana. His party has already won a few seats in Bihar and Maharashtra. Let him challenge what is wrong,” KCR said.
With IANS entries