In a message to Dattatreya, KCR said, “The appointment of Dattatreya will surely help the Telangana government in getting required clearances from the Centre. Dattatreya will act like a facilitator between the Centre and Telangana in resolving several issues. He will be useful for the state in converting it into Golden Telangana”.
Though Bandaru missed the Cabinet berth in Modi team, he still expressed his happiness on his appointment. “I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the confidence he has reposed on me. I had worked at the Centre as MoS under Vajpayee Ji. I will fight for the rights of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Telugu people live in both states. I will fight for both states”, said Dattatreya.
Dattatreya is the lone face in the Centre hailing from Telangana. He also served as a Minister of State in Vajpayee government ten years ago.