Hyderabad, Feb 12 (PTI) The BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit Tuesday hit out at Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over his protest in Delhi seeking special status for the state.

Naidu appears to be interested in gaining public sympathy as he rejected a package worth Rs 16,000 crore while insisting on special status which gave only a paltry benefit (towards tax incentives) to north-eastern states, BJP’s state unit spokesperson Sudhish Rambhotla alleged.

Naidu should stop such “fake fasts”, he told reporters here.

The chief minister has taken a ‘U-turn’ after accepting and even welcoming a package for assistance, in lieu of the special status, when the TDP was part of NDA, he claimed.

Slamming Naidu over the protest in Delhi, the BJP leader said, “He (Naidu) has understood that there is lot of anti-incumbency against state government. What is to be done? Attention can be diverted by showing a new object of fear by doing all this. Let us put all this on Central government’s shoulders… let’s gain sympathy by projecting to be good.”

Should not the Centre ask for details on how funds given by it were spent, Rambhotla asked.

BJP leader V Dinesh Reddy, who served as DGP in undivided AP, alleged that the governmental machinery created hurdles to the public meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

Naidu observed a daylong fast in Delhi on Monday demanding that the Centre grant special category status for his state and fulfil the promises made before its bifurcation in 2014.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.