Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders in Telangana on Tuesday approached the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar and filed a complaint against caretaker Ministers KT Rama Rao and T Harish Rao from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The TDP leaders alleged that the two senior leaders were indulging in mudslinging and making personal remarks against their party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
In their complaint, TDP leaders Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, G Buchhi Lingam and N Durga Prasad, also named TRS candidates like Gangula Kamlakar, Rajender Reddy and M Bhupal Reddy, accusing them of the same.
In their meeting with Rajat Kumar, the TDP leaders demanded that strict action must be taken against the TRS leaders and accused them of promoting enmity among the people.
They also cited several examples including ones made by the TRS leaders to ‘paint’ the TDP as an Andhra party and Naidu as an Andhra leader, repeatedly asking people if they want to be ‘governed from Amaravati’. Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao himself, has indulged in such rhetoric while speaking at a public meeting last month, when he said, “Do you want to be a slave of Vijayawada and Amaravati or Delhi? Shouldn’t decisions for Telangana be made in the state itself?”
Things have been heated in the state ever since KCR and his cabinet decided to dissolve the Legislative Assembly on September 6, a decision, which was ratified by Governor E S L Narasimhan on the same day.
Telangana will witness single-phase polling on December 7 to elect a 119-member Assembly. Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said the counting of votes will be held on December 11. With the announcement, the model code of conduct came into force in the state with immediate effect.