Mahbubnagar: Upping the ante against the Congress and the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led TRS in poll-bound Telangana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the latter is a “xerox copy” of the former and both the parties back “dynastic politics, casteism and vote bank politics”.

Addressing a poll rally in Telangana’s Mahbubnagar, PM Modi said that Indians would have required visas to visit Hyderabad had Sardar Patel not taken tough action against the erstwhile Nawab-ruled states and merged them with the Indian Union.

Taking a dig at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister KCR, the prime minister said that the former had promised to turn Nizamabad into London, but the region still lacks development.

“KCR said he will transform Nizamabad into London but look at the conditions here. The region lacks development. He should better live in London for 5 years to see how that city is,” he said.

The prime minister further asked people to take pledge in the name of “Telangana martyrs” and ensure that no Congress candidate wins in the state, which will go to polls in single phase on December 7.

Accusing the erstwhile governments of corruption and mis-governance, PM Modi said that the Congress and TRS were responsible for the farmers’ distress.

“Congress’ seventy years of misrule at Centre and TRS’ five years of mis-governance in the state are responsible for the distress farmers are facing,” he said.

“Look how Congress divided Andhra Pradesh. Both the states are suffering till date. When Atal Ji divided Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, six states were formed and all of them are rapidly progressing,” the PM added.

Earlier, addressing an election rally in Nizamabad, PM Modi accused the TRS and Congress of perpetuating family rule and said the two parties were playing a “friendly match” in Telangana elections.

“TRS Chief KCR and his family think that they can win elections without doing anything like Congress did for 50-55 years. But times have changed now, no political party can stand even for 50 months, if they do not work for the development of people,” he said.