New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on his former ally and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and accused him of doing nothing for the state development. Addressing a gathering in Guntur city, he said, “CM of Andhra promised to develop the infrastructure of Andhra but took a U-turn. He promised the redevelopment of Amravati but is now engaged in his own development.” (CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES)
On the occasion, the Prime Minister dedicated two petroleum and gas projects to the nation. He launched other developmental projects amid the protest. This is Modi’s first visit to the state after the ruling Telugu Desam Party severed ties with the NDA.
PM Modi further slammed Naidu for disrespecting his father-in-law NT Rama Rao. “Naidu is senior to me, but only in losing elections, switching alliances and ditching his father-in-law NT Rama Rao,” said Modi said at a public rally.
“He keeps reminding me he is senior. There is no debate in this. I have never shown any disrespect to you since you are a senior. You are a senior in changing alliances,” PM Modi further added.
TDP workers carrying black flag stage protest demanding special category status for the state. The party workers had threatened to disrupt PM Modi’s rally. In view of the protest, heavy security arrangement was made at the rally venue.
Meanwhile, several anti-modi posters were put up in the state in protest against PM Modi’s visit. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had also asked his party cadre to observe a protest day on Sunday across the state.
The Chief Minister had said to the party workers to observe Sunday as a ‘dark day’ and asked the TDP cadre to sport yellow and black shirts besides releasing black and yellow balloons into the sky as a mark of protest against the prime minister’s visit.
TDP stitched an alliance with the Congress as it assured to award special status to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu further said. Naidu also asserted that he will not stop until justice is done to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The TDP broke away from the NDA in March last year over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. The party had also moved a ‘no-confidence motion’ in the monsoon session of Parliament in July, which was defeated. TDP MPs had staged a protest inside and outside Parliament.