Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao termed ‘Kashmir Files’ as “another drama” by the Narendra Modi government to garner votes and said the country needs to discuss development, irrigation, and unemployment files.
He slammed the BJP government for dividing people in the name of religion by whipping up communal passions.
“‘Kashmir Files’ is a slogan. If there is a progressive government, there will be irrigation files, industrial files and economic files. What is Kashmir Files? Who wants it,” he asked while addressing a news conference.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief pointed out that Kashmiri Pandits themselves are saying that this is a drama and a ‘tamasha’ to get votes in the 2024 election as they have not got any relief.
“Do something for Kashmiri pandits. You only do sweet talk. What is your priority? You are trying to sell Hindu dharma to get votes,” said KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known.
He alleged that before every election, the BJP comes out with emotional issues and encash it. “Through this, they are openly saying we have failed. We can’t do anything. We have only Kashmir Files, Pulwama, Pakistan, painting somebody as devils and we seek votes in their name,” he said, adding that this is not in the interest of the country.
KCR said the Modi government came to power due to failures of the previous UPA government had miserably failed in the last eight years. “Show me one area in which the country has progressed,” he said citing statistics that show that India is slipping behind countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan in global rankings.
He called BJP’s win in the Uttar Pradesh elections a technical victory and said his prediction that the saffron party’s strength will come down in Assembly had come true. He claimed that BJP faced farmers’ anger in Punjab and the writing on the wall is clear for the saffron party.
He claimed that the nation has come to a decision that the present government at the Centre can’t deliver and it has to go for the good of the country.
“It has not set up a new project or a factory-built. This is a hard fact. The GDP has come down to 6 percent from 8 percent during the UPA rule. Unemployment has gone up. The government is selling away the public assets,” he said.