Kurnool: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Andhra Pradesh on Friday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, alleging that the latter decided to quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last year because he was unable to give an account of his administration’s spending of central funds.

He added that Naidu took a U-turn on being questioned.  PM Modi said, “When this chowkidar sought accounts from the U-turn Babu, he took a U-turn from the state’s growth and split from the National Democratic Alliance.”

“When we raised the question on corruption, the U-turn Babu snapped ties with the National Democratic Alliance. Now he has joined up with people who ride the bael gaadi,” the Prime Minister said, referring to the TDP’s decision to leave NDA and join hands with the opposition Congress.

On an earlier occasion, PM Modi had said that people term the Congress as a “bael gaadi” (bullock cart) because many of its senior leaders were out on bail in various cases.

Addressing the gathering at the rally, PM Modi also claimed that the Naidu government was taking all the credit for the Centre’s PM-Kisan scheme. “The U-turn Babu has pasted his sticker on the PM Kisan scheme. This scheme will benefit 82 lakh farmers from Andhra Pradesh,” he added. Urging the people to vote for the saffron party, he further said, “Your vote will ensure the double engine for the development of Andhra Pradesh – BJP govt in the state and BJP government at the Centre.”

He went on to mention his government’s list of achievements. PM Modi said it was his government sanctioned IIT in Kurnool and Vishakapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, brought IIFT to the state, gave a nod to Polavaram ordinance and gave the permission for the Central University in Anantapur.