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In three Telangana visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last six months, CM KCR did not reach the airport even once to receive him. But KCR arrived at the Begumpet airport on Saturday to welcome Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s candidate for president. PM Modi had also reached Hyderabad on Saturday to participate in the party’s National Working Committee meeting, but KCR broke the protocol without hesitation and did not consider it appropriate to go to welcome him.
For the fulfillment of the protocol, only one minister of the state government reached the airport to receive the Prime Minister. Apart from him, the remaining ministers accompanied the CM to pick up Sinha. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader, who was a part of the NDA government in 2014, is being used in different ways to evade the BJP and behave in a hostile manner. Till 2019, TRS supported in every decision of NDA.
Even after 2019, although TRS did not support on major issues, it did not become vocal in its opposition. But in the last six months, KCR’s attitude towards BJP and PM Modi seems to be creating new equations of politics. KCR has also announced to support the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the presidential election to be held on July 18.
Rao insulted the institution not the individual
On the question of Chandrashekhar Rao not reaching PM Modi’s reception, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, by doing this, Rao has insulted not any person but an institution. PM Modi has called for cooperative federalism and has met leaders of various parties with respect. But KCR has always been disrupting the constitutional protocol. On Rao’s son KT Rama Rao’s rhetoric about the BJP meeting, Smriti said, “For them politics will be a circus but for our workers it is part of nation building.”