Slowly, but surely, the Medak district is becoming the hotbed of political wars.

The statement made by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at Sangareddy, the native district of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), on Monday, stating that the land lease to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) would not be cancelled jolted the TRS.

The Chief Minister dared the TRS president to create an “earthquake-like situation” stating he was prepared to face any eventuality. Chief Minister making this statement is being seen as challenging the TRS president in his own turf, which is surely indigestible.

The TRS leaders responded immediately with party’s senior legislator T. Harish Rao warning that it would be difficult for the Chief Minister to face the agitation. Not waiting for time, KCR gave a call to observe bandh in Medak district on May 3, protesting over the statement of Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy. In response to the statement made by KCR, workers of the TRS burnt the effigy of Chief Minister in Siddipet and Dubbak Assembly constituencies.

On the other hand, Government Whip T. Jayaprakash Reddy, who was stated to be very close to the Chief Minister, has openly said that they would oppose the bandh. He was expected to make all-out efforts to see that there would not be any impact of bandh in Sangareddy constituency limits.

“This was an effort by leaders of both the parties to test the ground in view of the heating up of political situation. The Chief Minister has been making efforts to assess how the public would respond on a critical issue like Bayyaram. On the other side, the TRS chose Medak as testing ground for the grand movement on Bayyaram that would be built ahead of general elections that may come any time now. I could not understand in which way Medak was concerned with Bayyaram,” said a political leader.