Modi’s BJP practicing discrimination against South India: Telangana CM Revanth Reddy | India News

BENGALURU: Building on the rhetoric of “injustice to South India”, Telangana chief minister Revanth Reddy on Sunday said prime minister Narendra Modi’s government was practicing discrimination against south India which will ensure their downfall.
In a freewheeling chat with select media houses, chief minister Revanth Reddy alleged that if any multinational company (MNC) comes to invest in south India, they are “threatened” and asked to shift to Gujarat or other north Indian states.
“If any MNC comes to south India, they are directly threatened by the PMO office and asked to shift to Gujarat or other north India states. Their intention is that we (south Indian states) fight for the spillovers,” he claimed.
He also gave examples of how the central government had denied all the important portfolios in the central government over the last 10 years.
“What we are seeing over the last 10 years is that a majority of the key portfolios in the center, the President and Vice-President apart from other major constitutional posts in the country are being handed to the Hindi belt and North India representatives. Have you ever seen in this country where for the entirety of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which has 70 seats only two cabinet ministerial posts have been given?” He said, claiming there was an unwritten rule under Congress that if a north Indian becomes PM, the President or Vice-President would be from South India.
“The Congress always managed the regional balance. If they took four from north India, three would be inducted from south,” he claimed.
The Telangana CM alleged this discrimination was bound to continue with absolute power in the BJP hands, with those speaking truth to power being forcibly retired.
“This struggle between the Aryan and Dravidian cultures is going to become more prominent as the BJP has been neglecting South India. This is going to translate into a rather poor outing for the party,” he said.
Reddy predicted that Modi’s BJP will not cross 220 seats.
“In the 131 seats of five states– Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh along with Lakshadweep– the BJP will not get more than 20 seats,” he said.
Reddy added that the BJP is contesting only on 300 of the remaining 412 seats in rest of India with the other 100 odd being fought by its allies.
“This suggests that arithmetically and success ratio wise, even if they have 70 per cent winning chance it will reduce it to only 200. The 2019 elections cannot be repeated as they had swept North India then,” he said, adding that Modiji ka Warranty ho gaya hai (Modi’s guarantees have already lost their warranty).
He predicted the BJP’s own MP or legislators are undercutting each other and it will happen across the country to reduce their own numbers.
“Now, nobody wants Modi within their own party. All those stalwarts who were shunted out from becoming chief ministers in northern states are all working towards this. If someone thinks that they are bigger than the system then nature will correct it, nature prevails,” he said.
Going to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Telangana is poised at a crucial juncture where the recently elected Congress party is pinning its hopes to win a maximum number of the seats of the 17 segments that is up for grabs in that state.
Reddy said the Congress has targeted to win at least 14 of the 17 seats in the state.
On the All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) impact, Reddy dismissed it by suggesting the Asaduddin Owaisi party was contesting only on 1 seat and that it had a tacit understanding with the BJP.
“While the BJP is consolidating the Muslim votes in Owaisi’s favor with a hardcore Hindu face, the anti-Hindu rhetoric by the AIMIM is consolidating the Hindus for the saffron party. It is clear that Owaisi will consolidate 80 percent of Hindu votes across the country,” he said.

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