Yesterday, questioning the veracity of the figures provided by the BJP national president on the funds given to Telangana, Rao reeled out statistics on the amounts for various schemes the state had received from the NDA government and demanded a apology from Shah.
Rao, however, said that he respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that his government will maintain the "constitutional relationship" all states have to with the Centre. Let them open their ears wide and listen.
He rejected Shah's claim that the Centre had allocated Rs 1 lakh crore to Telangana, and insisted it got only Rs 24,000 crore.
"The Centre is bearing the full cost of Polavaram project". He also alleged that the TRS government had failed in meeting bare minimum needs of people like toilets, housing and drinking water in the past three years.
Claiming that Modi government did in three years what the previous governments could not in 70 years, he said: "Today we can proudly that under Modi's leadership India has emerged as the fastest growing economy in the world".
"We have over 330 members in Parliament and 1,387 in state legislatures".
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday said that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi had not taken any decision on who to support in the Presidential elections to be held in July. We have our own governments in 13 states and are coalition partners in four other states. He noted that the BJP was the largest political party in the world with a membership of 11 crore.
Reminding of the defeat of M. Venkaiah Naidu against his father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat in 1996, the MIM chief cautioned the BJP that history would repeat itself.
"This programme is not against anyone but only to expand our base in all parts of the country", he added.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, BJP's Andhra Pradesh unit President K. Haribabu and other leaders were also present.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.