Heli-hopping KCR opts for frugal lunch inside his bus in Warangal

KCR, who, on Thursday, undertook an aerial survey to assess the crop damage from the recent rains, opted for a simple and quick take for lunch inside his bus


WARANGAL: It was like a quick pit stop for a quick refill. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), who, on Thursday, undertook a whirlwind tour of a few Telangana districts dotted by aerial survey to assess the crop damage from the recent unseasonal rains, opted for a simple and quick take for lunch.

The Chief Minister’s lunch will usually see elaborate arrangements made by the officials with a lavish spread. But far away from all such extravagance, KCR preferred to have his meal right inside his bus at the Warangal helipad. Sitting in his front seat, the Chief Minister was seen tucking into what seemed like a box of curd rice even as he appeared preoccupied more by the remainder of the day’s visit.

Right behind KCR in the bus and digging into his lunch was Telangana Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy. In the next rows, one could see Telangana Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari, Chief Minister’s Secretary Smita Sabharwal and a few other senior government officials besides Telangana Rythu Bandhu Samithi President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy.

And look who was affectionately serving them all…! It is the Minister from Warangal Errabelli Dayakar Rao. Even as the local BRS strongman was busily criss-crossing the bus to satiate everyone’s palates, Rajya Sabha MP and KCR’s nephew Joginapalli Santosh Kumar was captured standing with a plate in hand and devouring his meal. One could also notice Satyavati Rathod, Minister for Women and Child Welfare, in the bus but she seemed to be content more in ensuring that everyone in the bus was treated with sumptuous food, which was the need of the hour.

According to some BRS sources, despite the searing heat, KCR opted for the quick and frugal meal right inside his bus as he was determined to cover all the areas that suffered crop loss due to the recent untimely rains and hailstorms. He reportedly shot down the idea of having leisurely lunch at any government facility organised by the authorities as that would have consumed more time and forced alterations in his busy schedule. Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister announced Rs 228 crores, at Rs 10,000 each per acre, as State Government’s compensation for the crop damage.

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