Call it ignorance or a deliberate move, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has missed out some important people in inviting to the World Telugu Conference which kicked off in a grand way in Hyderabad on Friday.
First of all, KCR should have invited chief minister of neighbouring Telugu state N Chandrababu Naidu, who had ruled the combined Andhra Pradesh for nine years in the past.
The event is being held in Hyderabad, which still continues to be a combined state and as per protocol, Naidu being a Telugu leader also deserves due respect at the World Telugu conference, which is a non-political event.
Naidu, however, took it easy and reacted in a dignified manner.
“Never mind. I extend my whole hearted support to the World Telugu Conference wherever it takes place. It brings all the Telugu people all across the world to a common platform. Wherever Telugu people are, they should pay respect to the Telugu language,” he said.
Secondly, KCR should also have invited Andhra Pradesh leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, irrespective of whether he would come or not.
When KCR can call the Governor of a neighbouring state Maharashtra, why can’t he invite Naidu and Jagan?
Thirdly, KCR should have invited Secunderabad MP and former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya on to the stage, since he had invited Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
In fact, Dattatreya deserves the respect more than Owaisi, because he is a Telugu man and has been honouring the Telugu culture by organising programmes like Alay-Balay.
Fourthly and most importantly, KCR should have invited Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan on to the stage as part of protocol.
After all, Mayor is the first citizen of Hyderabad and since the event is being held in Hyderabad, he should have found a place on the dais.
But who has the guts to raise all these questions with KCR?