The political tussle between Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Union tourism and culture minister Kishan Reddy has further intensified. After an open challenge by KCR, the Union minister has accepted it and said that he sticks by his word with regards to paddy procurement. Kishan Reddy said that he was ready for a debate at any time but asked the Telangana CM to “avoid unparliamentarily words and conduct the debate in socially acceptable manner!”
The CM had alleged that Kishan Reddy was misleading the farmers of the state by saying that the centre would procure paddy. The inconsistent statements by the Union minister were not correct and in fact dangerous as it gives false hope to the farmers, KCR said. He said that the Union government did not put any cap on procuring paddy in kharif. “BJP is cheating people, Kishan Reddy should either come for an open debate or tender an apology for misguiding people,” the CM challenged.
Making a frontal attack on the Union minister, KCR dared him for an open debate on the issue of paddy procurement. Responding to the challenge, Kishan Reddy said he would not shy away from the debate, but wanted it to be conducted near the Telangana martyrs statue and in front of media as well as intellectuals. The Union minister made it clear that he was sticking to his words and that there was no question of going back on his words with regards to paddy procurement. He demanded the CM to come sans his unparliamentarily language and to debate with him in acceptable manner.
The Union minister mentioned that he was ready for the open debate in Hyderabad at any time when the Parliament was not functioning. “It is unfortunate that a CM was using foul language. I cannot compete him in that space, I readily accept my defeat, if we were compete in that kind of language. All his accusations on me are false and I leave it to his conscience to think if it was true or false,” Kishan Reddy said.
KCR was under the shock of Huzurabad and later has developed insecure feeling, said the minister and added that due to insecurity the CM was abusing and trying to create a sense of fear by using foul language. Kishan Reddy promised the farmers that they would help in procurement of all the paddy and he was here to morally support the farmers. “The Union government has never announced that it will not procure paddy. KCR was making false propaganda against the centre and confusing the farmers,” he added.
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