Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is known for his political rhetoric that would take the opposition by surprise.
At a time when everybody is of the view that he is going a little softer towards the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has started speaking in an aggressive tone against the Narendra Modi government.
On Thursday, KCR threatened to wage a legal battle if the Modi government refused to ensure increased reservation for socially and economically backward among Muslims and Scheduled Tribes.
Speaking in the assembly, the TRS chief said the Centre should accept the state’s demand to include the state legislation in the 9th Schedule of the Indian Constitution to this effect.
“We will bring all pressure on the centre to concede our demand. If it doesn’t agree, we will approach the Supreme Court if necessary,” he said.
He said the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will also raise the issue in the winter session of Parliament. In April, the Assembly passed a legislation, increasing the quota for the two categories to 12 and 10 per cent respectively.
The Chief Minister told the house that the issue was under the Centre’s consideration and claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had responded positively to his demand and promised to take up the matter at an appropriate time.
He said, if needed, he will lead an all-party delegation to meet Modi and seek an assurance that the legislation will be included in the 9th Schedule.
“When a legislation can be made and included in the 9th Schedule for Tamil Nadu, why not for Telangana?” he asked.