Amravati: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed him as “father of Lokesh” at a rally in Guntur on Sunday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu dragged the former’s wife in the row. Also Read - Focus on Micro-containment Zones to Save Country From Lockdown: PM Modi
“You have estranged your wife. Do you have any respect for the family system?” Naidu asked the PM. Also Read - PM Modi Asks States To Keep Trust Of Works Alive, Assures Pandemic Will Not Affect Their Livelihood
The TDP president said he loved his family and respected it. He said the Prime Minister did not have a family or a son. Also Read - Manmohan Singh Writes to PM Modi on COVID-19 Crisis; His 5 Suggestions to Battling The Pandemic
“Since you have referred to my son, I am mentioning your wife. People, do you know Narendra Modi has a wife? Her name is Jashodaben,” Naidu said at a public meeting at Vijayawada.
Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Naidu accused him of ruining the country.
Naidu also called demonetisation a “mad Tughlaq act”. “They scrapped Rs 1,000 currency notes but brought in Rs 2,000 note. How will corruption end?” he asked.
The TDP had quit the NDA in March last year protesting against the “injustice” done to the state post-bifurcation.
Naidu also alleged that YSR Congress mobilised crowds for the Prime Minister’s public meeting at Guntur as the BJP had totally “lost” public support in the state.
“Modi’s AP tour is an utter flop. The BJP should realise that people registered their protest by not attending Modi’s meeting. It has been established again that Telugu people would teach a lesson to those who betrayed them,” Naidu later told his party leaders.
The Chief Minister also condemned BJP leaders’ complaint that the government obstructed people from attending the Guntur public meeting. “The Prime Minister claims to be a chaiwala but look at his suits and boots….,” the Chief Minister said.
“The ‘go back’ slogan we gave was to ask you to go back to your village in Gujarat as you are not eligible to be the Prime Minister,” Naidu added.