Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took apparent potshots at the ruling TRS in Telangana, saying it has ‘betrayed’ the people and asserted the ‘Lotus will bloom’ everywhere in the state.

The PM’s statement comes ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections in the state, where the BJP is seeking to challenge the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS.

The political party in which Telangana had a lot of faith has betrayed the people, Modi said without naming the TRS and added signals indicating that “Lotus” will bloom in the state.

Modi landed here this afternoon to dedicate to the nation a fertilizer plant at Ramagundam in the state, besides inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for multiple development projects.

“In recent times, whatever bypolls were held, the message is loud and clear that the sunrise is not far. Darkness will vanish. Lotus will bloom everywhere in Telangana,” Modi said.

“The party on which the Telangana people had a lot of faith, the same party betrayed  Telangana. But friends, when the darkness looms large from all four sides, Lotus will start to bloom,” he said, alluding to the BJP’s symbol.

“Now Telangana people want a government that works for all the families of Telangana instead of a single family,” Modi said indirectly referring to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

“They want a BJP government,” Modi said. 

He said he could see the lotus blooming in Telangana, referring to his party’s recent prospects in various bypolls. The party had won two Assembly by-polls in the last two years, besides putting up a good show in the earlier Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.

Superstitions are being practised in the city, known for its information technology presence, he said and opined that superstitions decide the governance, in what seemed to be a veiled reference at the Chief Minister.

He further said the state government and its leaders here keep doing injustice to Telangana’s capacity and its people’s talent. 

Referring to the recent Munugode bypoll, Modi said the BJP workers forced the entire state administration to focus on a single election. The ruling party won the seat by a little over 10,000 votes.

-With PTI Input

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