HYDERABAD: Congress leaders said on Friday that the Telugu Desam Party’s criticism of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for his Assembly speech was nothing but endorsing the ‘intemperate and highly controversial remarks’ of TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao against people of other regions.

Faulting the TDP leaders’ outburst against Dr. Reddy, Government Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka at a press conference wondered whether KCR’s remarks were justified.

“What Dr. Reddy read out in the Assembly were the utterances of KCR in the past. The Chief Minister did not make any statement which should have caused undue concern,” he pointed out.

Mr. Bhatti said by quickly responding to Dr. Reddy’s address the TDP leaders showed that they would not object to ‘questionable’ comments made by the TRS chief. The TDP leaders owe an answer to people, he said.

“Their continued silence on the controversial and insulting comments made by the TRS president against other regions only shows that they do not bother about the sentiments of others, ” he said.

At another press conference, APCC spokesperson K. Mruthyunjam said Dr. Reddy had only faulted KCR for his foul language. “How can KCR claim that the sentiments of the entire people of Telangana have been hurt by such remarks,” he questioned.

He said KCR had no right to claim that he represented the interest of 3.5 crore people of the region.

He charged the TRS chief with playing with the feelings of the people of the region for his political gains.