The Election Commission of India issued a notice to Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao for his anti-Hindu remarks during a public meeting at Karimnagar on 17th March. Apparently, Rao had made some statements, which led the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to lodge a complaint against him.

During his election campaigns, Rao took a dig at the BJP by saying that he was a "true Hindu" and that nobody had undertaken as many "Yagnas" like him.

In its notice, the ECI asked Rao to respond by 12th April, failing which the poll body will initiate action against him

Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar on Wednesday claimed that a report on Rao's statement had been submitted to the ECI.  “The issue pertains to a speech made on 17 March," he said at a press conference on Wednesday, a day before the elections. On being asked what exactly the objectionable remarks were, Kumar said that he could not recollect the statements.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, led by Rao, hasn’t yet issued any statement so far. Telangana, along with the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, will be voting today. Rao's TRS, which has close to 100 legislators (including defections) in the state assembly, is aiming to win 16 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats.