Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) launched a strong critique against the Congress party during an election rally in Warangal. He rebuffed the Congress promise of emulating the conditions under the rule of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, stating that 'Indiramma Rajyam' was marked by "Emergency, encounters, firings, and killings."
KCR questioned the appeal of 'Indiramma Rajyam,' highlighting the negative aspects of that era. He asked, "If it was so good, why would NTR (former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao) have to float a party and offer rice at ₹2 a kg?" He emphasized that the period under Indira Gandhi's rule was marred by emergency situations, encounters, firings, and killings.
Earlier, KCR had expressed skepticism about the Congress' promise to bring 'Indiramma Rajyam' to Telangana. He pointed out the challenges and failures during Indira Gandhi's rule, including starvation deaths, the rise of the Naxalite movement, and issues related to basic amenities like drinking water.
The Telangana Chief Minister questioned the basis on which the Congress was seeking votes, given the historical challenges faced by the country during the party's decades-long rule. The remarks come in the context of the upcoming Assembly election in Telangana, where political parties are actively campaigning to secure voters' support.