PM Modi Says, Chandrababu Naidu "Senior" In Backstabbing NTR, Switching Sides

PM Modi Says, Chandrababu Naidu "Senior" In Backstabbing NTR, Switching Sides

 PM Modi Says, Chandrababu Naidu "Senior" In Backstabbing NTR, Switching Sides 

New Delhi: PM Modi, who visited Andhra Pradesh for the first time, after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke out of an alliance with the BJP last year, attacked the Chief Minister and political rival Chandrababu Naidu. PM Modi said, "Why does he (Chandrababu Naidu) often claim that he is senior to me? Yes, he is senior to me in switching sides, forming new alliances and "backstabbing" his seniors - just the way he deceived his father-in-law (NT Rama Rao)." The Prime Minister alleged that Mr Naidu is losing popularity in his state.

The Prime Minister had accused the TDP chief of misusing public money for his several campaign trips and programmes. Turning to the state Kanna Lakshminarayana, the BJP chief he asked, "who is footing the bill for today's event...BJP workers always pay for their own campaigns but he (Chandrababu Naidu) uses money from people's pocket for his campaigns?", said PM Modi and added that the public must hold Mr Naidu accountable.

PM Modi said that the man who had promised "sunrise" for Andhra Pradesh is working to promote his son, N Lokesh."The Chief Minister promised the development of Amaravati but is now engaged in his own development," alleged PM Modi.

PM Modi had earlier landed in Vijaywada's Gannavaram airport, where he was received by the Governor. Breaking protocol, no one from Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet was present at the airport. Only the state Chief Secretary and the police chief were there. The Prime Minister, after a rally in Guntur visited Tiruppur and Raichur later in the day.

The Prime Minister's visit to the state was protested by the TDP, Congress and Left parties. Large posters of "No more Modi" and "Modi never again" were seen on the roads. Telugu Desam Party's protesters waved black flags and balloons, when a BJP convoy was on its way to the rally spot in Guntur. In some places, protesters burnt tyres and PM's effigies.

"The Prime Minister came here to scold me. It is easy to criticise and run away...He did not do us any justice...Will we forgive him...They separated the state...The wound of separation has not yet healed and now they are making it worse," Mr Naidu lashed out today. He is upset with the Narendra Modi government and accused PM Modi of not keeping his promise of giving special category status to the state.

"It is a dark day...He is weakening the states and constitutional institutions. PMO's intervention in Rafael is disrespect to the nation," the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, one of PM Modi's strongest critics said on Saturday.

N. Chandrababu Naidu also alleged that the YSR Congress is hand-in-glove with the BJP and helping them organise the "crowd". "That is why Jaganmohan Reddy is not uttering a word against PM Modi's betrayal of Andhra Pradesh," he told party workers in a video conference.

R Ramakrishna, the leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and P Madhu of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said that PM Modi has no "moral right" to visit the state. The CPIM leader recalled how the PM had come during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Amaravati, the new capital, carrying a pot of soil and water and promised all help to the state. Mr Madhu said, "He has gone back on every promise he made."

Raghuveera Reddy, the Congress chief of Andhra Pradesh said that his party organised protests with black flags across the state.

PM Modi, after addressing a public rally called "Praja Chaitanya Sabha" at Guntur, laid the foundation-stone through remote control for the construction of a coastal terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Krishnapatnam in Nellore. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility.