KTR: Munawar Faruqui, Kunal Kamra welcome to hold their shows in Hyderabad

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Telangana government has been taking an aggressive stand against the Bharatiya Janata Party and the NDA government at the Centre.

Hyderabad

The Telangana government will welcome stand-up comedians Kunal Kamra and Munawar Faruqui to stage their shows in Hyderabad, which is “truly cosmopolitan” unlike Bengaluru, state information technology minister K T Rama Rao said.

“We don’t cancel shows of Munawar Faruqui and Kunal Kamra just because we are not aligned with them politically,” KTR, as chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son is popularly known, said while speaking at the inauguration of an insurance and financial company’s Hyderabad office on Friday evening.

Of late, the Telangana government has been taking an aggressive stand against the Bharatiya Janata Party and the NDA government at the Centre. The chief minister has even given a call to the party cadre to burn effigies of the state and central BJP leaders on Monday in protest against the Centre’s “anti-farmer policies” and hound them away if they entered villages.

KTR took a dig at the BJP government in Bengaluru for cancelling the show of Kamra and Faruqui last month on the ground of “law and order” issues and describing Faruqui a “controversial figure.”

He said: “People from Bengaluru claim their city to be cosmopolitan and then end up taking comedy very seriously. We (Hyderabad) are a truly cosmopolitan city that is welcoming of all cultures, welcoming of criticism. You can come here, criticise the government… in fact, we receive a lot of brickbats from our opposition every day. We are very tolerant.”

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