Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused the Narendra Modi-led government of trying to intimidate the state government by harassing leaders through Income-Tax (I-T) department raids. Speaking at a Collectors’ Conference, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said that the Centre has been doing so to suppress the promises it had made before bifurcation.
“Instead of doing anything about it, they resorted to I-T raids in a big way in the state to frighten people. The series of I-T raids will result in scaring investors and will hamper the state’s development. If the Centre continues such actions, it is going to pay a heavy price,’’ Indian Express quoted AP Chief Minister as saying. Naidu further alleged that there would be more attacks on temples, churches and mosques to create unrest.
Naidu claimed that the Centre has been sending I-T officials from Uttar Pradesh to Andhra Pradesh to conduct raids and intimidate the Andhra Pradesh government. Confident that Andhra Pradesh people will support him, Naidu said, “I have already chalked out my programme on how to face the Centre’s actions. There is a need to make people across the country aware about the Centre’s undemocratic actions.”
Just a few days before, the TDP chief had said that “everything has collapsed” in the country under the BJP-led regime at the Centre. Talking to reporters here, Naidu also targeted the government over the feud between Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, which turned murkier with the arrest of a deputy SP in the Special Investigation Team headed by Asthana over bribery charges.
“We have a dedicated solar policy but the government, they messed up everything. It is a dire situation. They are messing (up) everything,” he said. Speaking of the current CBI crisis, he said, “Today, you see (the) CBI also, they are messing (up things). All institutions you see, everything has collapsed. Never visualised all these things.”