Why rise of KCR could be a bigger challenge to Mamata than Modi

Prime News, National, Politics, New Delhi, February 16:- Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao has been fierce against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent days, making the talk of his prime ministerial ambition obvious.

This appears to set a race between KCR, as Rao is fondly known among his supporters, and Mamata Banerjee, his counterpart in the West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Both Mamata Banerjee and KCR have changed their tack to target PM Modi after having been heaping praise on the latter. Mamata Banerjee became a strong critic of PM Modi after the BJP planned aggressive expansion in West Bengal and the Chief Minister eyed to follow Modi suit to national politics. KCR appears to be eyeing the same path.

As the campaign for the five Assembly elections intensified, KCR turned the heat on PM Modi and the BJP in Telangana, which would go to the polls some 22 months later. KCR questioned the Gujarat model that the BJP flaunted to project Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

KCR targeted PM Modi with a jibe “upar sherwani, andar pareshani (all style, no substance)” as he sneered at the prime minister’s ‘dress code’ in election times.

On February 2, he said, “If it is election time (in West Bengal), he has to grow a beard and appear like Rabindranath Tagore. Arrey baap re. If it is Tamil Nadu, he must wear a lungi (long skirt for men), what is this?” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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