Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday (February 10) compared a group of people who attended his public meeting with “dogs” and asked the police to take them away, triggering outrage.
The incident occurred during a meeting in the Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly segment, which is slated to hold a bypoll following the death of TRS legislator Nomula Narsimhaiah. The CM made the remark when he was interrupted by a group of people, including women, who wanted to submit a representation.
“Take the papers from them. Now that you have given the memo, please leave,” Rao said.
“If you want to stay, please be calm or leave peacefully. No one will be disturbed by your antics…we have seen a lot of this drama. There are several dogs like you. Please leave. Police, take them out,” he added.
Manickam Tagore, the AICC in-charge for Telangana, sought an apology from Rao. “Telangana CM calls women at Nagarjuna Sagar public meeting dogs. Don’t forget all those women standing there are the reason you sit in that position. Change Your words to reflect your attitude. Don’t forget this is a democracy. Don’t forget they are our bosses. Apologise Chandrashekar,” he said.
Tagore also said: “A man who holds position as people’s representative can’t speak the word of dictators. Arrogance must be punished. Arrogant must apologise.”
The BJP’s chief spokesperson for Telangana, K Krishna Saagar Rao, said the CM’s comments were an “insult to Hindus” and demanded an apology.
“KCR has insulted Yadavs (Gokasulu) by comparing them with demons (Rakasulu) in his public rally. He claims that he has dealt with and defeated Rakasulu, and dealing with Gokasulu (those who herd cows) is no big deal,” he said.
During the meeting, Rao also targeted the Congress and BJP. He warned BJP leaders to be wary of what they say or face consequences. He said that the BJP were like “new beggars who did not know when to go for begging”.