Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday termed Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao’s attempts to compare Bengaluru with Hyderabad as an “absolute joke”. He was responding to Rao’s recent tweet, in which he asked an entrepreneur in Bengaluru to relocate to Hyderabad, claiming better physical and social infrastructure there. “It is absolutely a joke… not just India, people from all over the world are coming to Bengaluru. Most startups are in Bangalore. “Bengaluru has the largest number of unicorns, worth million and billion dollars,” Bommai said in response to a question on Rao’s tweet.
Talking to reporters here, he said, “Highest FDI in the country, more than 40 per cent FDI, in the last three consecutive quarters, Karnataka is number one. So comparing Karnataka to Telangana or Bengaluru to Hyderabad is a joke.” On March 31, responding to a tweet by serial entrepreneur Ravish Naresh complaining about Bengaluru’s infrastructure, Rao had asked him to “pack his bags and go to Hyderabad.
“…we have better physical infrastructure and equally good social infrastructure. Our airport is the best and getting in and out of the city is a breeze. More importantly, our government’s focus is on 3 mantras; Innovation, infrastructure and inclusive growth,” he tweeted.
Complaining about the roads and infrastructure of Bengaluru, Naresh, who is the Founder/CEO of KhataBook, had said in a tweet, “Startups in HSR/Koramangala (Silicon Valley of India) are already generating billions of dollars in taxes. are doing. Yet we have bad roads, almost daily power cuts, poor quality water supply, unusable footpaths. Many rural areas now have better infrastructure than India’s Silicon Valley. Also the nearest airport is also about three hours away in busy traffic, he had complained.
Responding to another tweet, Rao on Monday tweeted, “Strange and sad situation in Bengaluru!! And then some BJP politician from Bengaluru comes and lectures us on how to run the government in Telangana! What is happening in KA (Karnataka) Shame for all of us in India, ruins our reputation as a nation in attracting investments.