HYDERABAD: Stating that TS Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao never even showed up when called for a debate, he said, “When our leader called him for a debate, he never showed up. This means that he has no guts, he has no knowledge about things and moreover, he does not even want to show up. I was critical about Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and I will be critical about Mr Rao.” Calling the strong sentiment for separate statehood among people in the region as the main reason behind the TD’s poor show in TS, he said that TRS’ victory weighed only on the emotional chord.
“It’s just because of the sentiment that the TRS got TS. The sentiment overpowered all the other factors and now we are paying a huge price for this. In AP, post bifurcation, the feeling was that we lost everything and we need a leader and they elected us. Whereas in TS, it was about the man who fought for separate statehood. However, the TRS has no experience in governance. That is the difference between them and us. ”
Speaking about the TRS with regards to the 2019 elections, Mr Lokesh said, “People are going to teach them a strong lesson. There are new crises emerging everywhere. They are not able to manage anything.”
“KCR has not stepped out of Hyderabad and if he goes to villages, the farmers will drive him out. Mr Naidu was working full-time during the cyclone, he faced people and addressed their issues,” he said.