Launching a scathing attack at Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and interim Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao has termed Rahul Gandhi as the 'biggest buffoon of India', claiming the Congress President is nothing but a 'legal heir of Delhi Empire'.
Speaking at a press conference, where he announced 105 candidates for the upcoming polls, expected to take place later this year following the dissolution of Telangana Assembly, KCR said, "Everyone knows what Rahul Gandhi is, the biggest buffoon in the country. Whole country has seen how he went to Mr Narendra Modi and hugged him, the way he was winking. He is a property for us, the more he comes (to Telangana), the more seats we will win. Rahul Gandhi inherited a legacy. He is a legal heir of Delhi empire. I appeal to the people that we should not be the slave of Delhi empire"
The TRS chief also lashed out at Congress party, claiming they had done no work for the state of Telangana. "The kind of development what we did for our state, Congress could not be able to in their entire life. Congress is into petty politics and we have some standards. We fought for Telangana and got it and we are not at the mercy of Congress. Congress is villain number one for Telangana. I said the same in 2001, as well," he added.
Earlier in the day, the first CM of Telangana, KCR, offered his resignation from his post to the Governor after the state assembly was dissolved. Though, he and his council of ministers were told to continue in their roles till the elections were held in the state.
KCR has been insistent on early polls for a number of reasons, all of which fall under the larger umbrella of 'favourable conditions'. These reasons include the monsoons and the prevailing political narrative. An internal survey of the TRS party also concurred with holding early elections.
The Chief Minister and his party had been laying the groundwork for the advancement of elections for the last few months. KCR had been to the national capital a number of times, meeting the Prime Minister twice, while his son KTR had also been coordinating in New Delhi to ensure there's no hitch in the party's plans. Earlier, KCR had been a big proponent of simultaneous elections (including over One Nation-One Poll), but appears to have since changed his mind, at least for this particular election.