Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Working President and Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao expressed his frustration with Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan for rejecting the nominations of Dasoju Sravan and Kurra Satyanaryana to the Legislative Council under the Governor’s quota.
During a press conference at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday, he questioned the Governor’s decision not to recommend individuals with political backgrounds, especially given her prior role as BJP Tamil Nadu state unit chief before assuming the Governor’s post.
“The cabinet recommended individuals who were actively involved in public movements. The Governor advised us not to recommend political figures. Is this rule not applicable to her? She served as the BJP chief in Tamil Nadu before becoming Governor. The Sarkaria Commission clearly states that individuals in public life should not serve as Governors,” KTR emphasized.
He went on to allege that Governors across the country, including Telangana’s Governor, have been “acting as agents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. He questioned why the same rule did not apply to Telangana’s Governor and why there was an issue with nominating two individuals from backward sections to the Legislative Council. KTR asserted that the eligibility of nominees should be a matter for public discussion.
KTR also pointed out that BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia had been nominated to the Legislative Council in the past. He criticized Prime Minister Modi for his recent comments during the Parliament special session on the formation of Telangana. KTR described Modi’s statements as insulting to the state and asked him to explain his stance to the people of Telangana.
Regarding the imprisonment of TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, KTR stated that this issue was specific to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana should not become a platform for conflicts between political parties from the neighbouring state.
He emphasized that Telangana had taken a neutral stance on Chandrababu’s arrest and expressed concerns about the potential law and order issues arising from political conflicts in Telangana due to events in Andhra Pradesh.
“The arrest of Chandrababu is nothing but a war between two political parties in AP. How will we give permission to register a protest at Hyderabad? How will the capital of Telangana work as a platform for the conflict between AP political parties? The two parties have no existence in Telangana. Who will take responsibility if law and order problems crop up in Telangana due to their conflict? We took a neutral stand on the issue of Chandrababu’s arrest,” he clarified.