On Telangana stage, Narendra Modi praises Chiru brother, snubs Chandrababu

Written by Express news service | Hyderabad | Updated: Apr 23 2014, 17:53pm hrs
NARENDRA Modi made a whirlwind trip to Telangana Tuesday, addressing four public meetings, lifting the mood among BJP and TDP cadres and handing out a few snubs to alliance partner, TDPs N Chandrababu Naidu.

Modi addressed back-to-back public meetings at Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar and Hyderabad. If there was any misgiving over the problems in the BJP-TDP tie-up, Modi and Naidu did not show it at the public meeting at Mahbubnagar where they shared the dais. But the second meeting where they were together again at Hyderabad Modi almost forgot Naidus presence.

Naidu was clearly uncomfortable as Modi and actor Pawan Kalyan, brother of Congresss K Chiranjeevi, presented a picture of bonhomie at the massive public meeting at L B Stadium.

In fact, Naidu appeared crestfallen when Pawan Kalyan was asked by BJP Telangana unit chief G Kishan Reddy to address the crowd before him, and Modi snubbed him by naming Pawan Kalyan first, and then Naidu, as if as an afterthought.

While Pawan Kalyan attacked family politics and accused the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) of indulging in hate speeches against Andhra people, Naidu referred to AB Vajpayees government which gave the basis for development of Hyderabad under TDP.

But it was Modi who held the audience spell-bound with his speech in which he referred to the need for not only good governance but a government that can be trusted. Dont you want to change your life he asked the crowd, comprising mostly youths. We will depend on talent to run our government, if necessary we will change the laws but we will bring back and honesty and integrity and punish corruption.

Pawan Kalyans Jana Sena Party is not contesting the polls so it was surprising when Modi referred to himself, Pawan Kalyan and Naidu as one plus one plus one which, he said, makes 111 in political strength, although not arithmetically. It was probably Modis way of snubbing Naidu by equating Pawan Kalyan with him.

Earlier, Modi arrived in Nizamabad to a huge welcome. Pawan Kalyan, who met Modi on March 21 at Gandhinagar, was invited to share the dais. He came to meet me in Gujarat and I was touched by his gesture. His ideas impressed me. At that moment I felt if people like Pawan Kalyan are here, then Telugu spirit will never die, Modi said.

Their meeting turned out to be a huge embarrassment for Chiranjeevi, who is the Congresss campaign committee chairman and star campaigner in Seemandhra.

Modi held the Congress responsible for the death of youths during the Telangana agitation. It is Congresss bullets which killed them. I call upon you today to vote for BJP in Telangana and at the Centre so that we can ensure bright future for you, he said.

He accused the Congress of ignoring the role of former PM P V Narasimha Rao, who hailed from Telangana. They do not offer flowers on his birth or death anniversary, he said, targeting the Gandhi family.

At Palamooru in Mahbubnagar, Modi asked people to pause for moment and think when they vote on April 30. Think for a moment whether you just want any government for the next five years or you want a government that changes your fate and destiny, and the destiny of Telangana for the next 100 years, he said.

Without naming TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, he said, I hope you wont promote family politics in Telangana. Father, son, daughter, nephew, everyone is in the fray. A family in Delhi has ruined this country. Will you commit the same mistake