Modi lands in Hyderabad but KCR nowhere to welcome him

The Prime Minister is in the state capital to dedicate to the nation the ‘Statue of Equality’ commemorating the 11th-century Bhakti saint Sri Ramanujacharya and also to kickstart the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  5 Feb 2022 12:40 PM GMT
Modi lands in Hyderabad but KCR nowhere to welcome him

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao broke the protocol on Saturday and did not receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.

The Prime Minister is in the state capital to dedicate to the nation the 'Statue of Equality' commemorating the 11th-century Bhakti saint Sri Ramanujacharya and also to kickstart the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

KCR is unwell and suffering from fever, his official residence said on Saturday as the Chief Minister was not present to welcome Mr. Modi at the airport. He will also not attend the 50th-anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT, sources said.

Ahead of Mr. Modi's visit in Hyderabad on Saturday, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said state minister for animal husbandry, fisheries, dairy development, and cinematography Talasani Srinivas Yadav has been nominated as the minister-in-waiting to receive and see off the Prime Minister on his arrival and departure during his visit to Hyderabad.

Bharatiya Janata Party's Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Saturday strongly condemned the breach of protocol by the Chief Minister. Speaking to the media at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad after welcoming the Prime Minister, Mr. Kumar wondered what busy schedule KCR had instead of accompanying the Prime Minister during his visit to the state. "Mr. KCR, is this your culture? You claim to have read 80,000 books. Is it what you have learnt from them?" he asked.

He reminded that the Prime Minister had given the CM an appointment whenever he had sought one. "Have you forgotten the magnanimity of the Prime Minister? How can you confine yourself to your farmhouse and lack the basic courtesy of welcoming the Prime Minister on his visit to the state?" he asked.

Mr. Kumar said it was shameful on KCR's part to play truant during Mr. Modi's visit while citing "lame excuses". He added, "It is evident that the Chief Minister does not want to show his face to the Prime Minister as the entire country is abhorring his filthy abuses hurled at the latter."

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