Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray hosted Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao at Varsha, his official residence in Mumbai on Sunday. The two also held a joint press conference before KCR’s meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Telangana CM KCR was accompanied on his visit to Mumbai by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders, including his daughter and MLC Kavitha Kalvakuntla. Also present during the meeting between the two chief ministers were Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut and Arvind Sawant, as well as actor Prakash Raj.
A range of issues, including irrigation projects like Babhli Dam, Tummidi Hatti, Medigadda barrage and Chanaka-Korata barrage, were discussed during the meeting between CM Uddhav Thackeray and CM KCR.
“Various schemes and projects in the field of industry and infrastructure in both the states were also discussed. Inter-state cooperation in irrigation projects and its various provisions were also discussed in detail,” said a statement issued by the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Telangana CM KCR, a vocal critic of the BJP who has been calling for an anti-BJP front, asserted that his meeting with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray was fruitful and that both leaders had reached a consensus on a number of issues of national importance.
Uddhav Thackeray, KCR along with Shiv Sena and TRS leaders in Mumbai on Sunday | @trspartyonline
Our Hindutva isn’t about taking revenge: Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, addressing a joint press conference with KCR, said, “An initiative had to be taken which is why this meeting took place, to chalk out future strategies. This effort will take time and a lot of hard work. More effort will be needed.
“This business of lies and defaming others isn’t good, this is what is happening today.”
— Office of Uddhav Thackeray (@OfficeofUT) February 20, 2022
Without naming the BJP, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Our Hindutva is not like this, not like one that revolves around revenge. Some people only work for their agendas,even at the cost of the country.
“We have to bring our country on the right path. Who will be the PM will be can be discussed later. We will meet many political leaders from today onwards.”
Need to change manner in which country is being run: KCR
Addressing the same joint press conference, KCR said, “I felt very happy to meet Uddhav ji. We spoke about a number of issues such as how to bring about development, speed up progress and bring about structural changes.
“We [Telangana, Maharashtra] are like brothers because we share a 1,000 km border. It was with Maharashtra’s help that we were able to develop the Kaleshwaram project, which was a game-changer for Telangana. In the future, too, the two states will work together for mutual progress.”
KCR went further to add that all like-minded Opposition leaders could meet in Hyderabad or some other city in the coming days to decide on a future course of action.
Chief Ministers of Telangana and Maharashtra addressing the media after their meeting in Mumbai today. https://t.co/hEytQeJk5Y
— TRS Party (@trspartyonline) February 20, 2022
“Whenever two politicians meet, politics is bound to feature in the discussion. The manner in which the country is being run, a change is needed,” said Telangana CM KCR, adding that both he and the Maharashtra CM will consult with other regional and national leaders.
K Chandrasekhar Rao also accused the Centre of misusing central agencies. “The central government should change their policy, they will suffer if they don’t. The country has seen many such things.”
Nation facing many issues: Sharad Pawar
After his meeting with Uddhav Thackeray, Telangana CM KCR met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter’s Silver Oak residence in Mumbai. The meeting was also attended by NCP MP Supriya Sule.
After the meeting, Sharad Pawar and KCR addressed a joint press conference.
Sharad Pawar and KCR addressing the joint press conference on Sunday | India Today
Sharad Pawar told reporters, “There are many problems before the nation and we discussed what could be the way out.
“There were not a lot of political decisions. Telangana has made a lot of efforts for the upliftment of farmers and has shown the nation the way. Poverty and unemployment are two issues that require attention and were discussed.”
— TRS Party (@trspartyonline) February 20, 2022
Telangana CM KCR, meanwhile, said, “We will try and take out a new way and then present an agenda in front of the people.
“The nation isn’t progressing in the right fashion and we need to have fresh resolve and carry all like-minded parties ahead and discuss.”
Anti-BJP front incomplete without Congress: Nana Patole
Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole, who could not meet KCR on Sunday, said he appreciates the Telangana Chief Minister’s efforts to form an anti-BJP front.
“I appreciate his [KCR’s] efforts against the central government and his protests as well. But this front cannot be completed without the Congress. The front can only take this fight ahead while taking Congress along,” Nana Patole said.
The Congress leader further added that he had also received an invite for the meeting with KCR but could not attend owing to engagements in Bhandara.
Maharashtra is governed by Maha Vikas Aghadi, a three-party alliance of the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.