New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on Sunday resulted in a war of words between him and Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The two leaders engaged in a verbal battle with each accusing the other of failing to fulfil the promises once made.
While PM Modi launched a tirade at his former ally and accused him of doing nothing for the state’s development, Naidu accused the former of failing to fulfil the long-awaited promise of designating special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a gathering in Guntur city, PM Modi 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.”
He went on to add, “As Chandrababu Naidu couldn’t develop the state or give accounts for his expenditure, he is cooking up lies.”
PM Modi went on to question as to why Naidu kept calling himself senior to him and said, “Why does he (Chandrababu Naidu) often claim that he is senior to me? Yes, he is senior to me in switching sides, forming new alliances and “backstabbing” his seniors – just the way he deceived his father-in-law (NT Rama Rao).”
Amping the attack, PM Modi addressed Naidu as “father of Lokesh” at a rally in Guntur. He alleged that the CM was more interested in promoting his son than working for the growth of the state. “He promised sunrise in Andhra, but there is only son-rise,” PM Modi said.
Refusing to take the jibe lightly, Naidu dragged the PM’s wife in the row. “You have estranged your wife. Do you have any respect for the family system?” Naidu asked the PM.
“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.
Further calling PM Modi’s AP tour a flop show, Naidu said 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,” he added.
Amid the controversy, Naidu will sit on a day-long fast in the national capital on Monday, February 11, to demand special status for his state.
The TDP chief will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and the Ambedkar statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan before kicking off his protest. He will begin the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan at 8 AM on Monday.
Several AP ministers, TDP lawmakers, parliamentarians, members of state employee associations, social and student organisations will also join the fast. Various Opposition parties are likely to extend their support. Naidu will then submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12, Tuesday, said an official statement.
During his tour, the Prime Minister also mocked Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy for crying out loud publicly and expressing his helplessness in trying to save Congress leaders’ seats. He also took potshots at Robert Vadra who has been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently in connection with a money laundering case.
Without taking names, Modi said, “Jo bhrast hain, usi ko Modi se kasht hain (Only those who are corrupt have a problem with Modi.)” He said that the corrupt were being forced to appear before the probe agencies and face their questions and give details of their ‘benaami’ properties in India and abroad. He further said, “jisne bhi dalali khai hai,ek ek karke uski baari aa rahi hai.”
Prime Minister Modi addressed public meetings in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and Hubli in Karnataka and unveiled several development projects in the states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Greater Noida and Vrindavan in Mathura on Monday to unveil a host of projects. In Greater Noida, PM Modi will inaugurate the PETROTECH – 2019 at India Expo Centre. He will also address the inaugural session of the event.
He will unveil a ceremonial plaque to mark the serving of “3rd billionth meal” by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir campus, in Vrindavan.
“The prime minister will serve food to about 20 schoolchildren from an underprivileged background in the campus, marking the three billionth meal offered by Akshaya Patra,” said Naveena Neerada Dasa, the head of strategic communications in ISKCON.
PM Modi will also pay floral tribute at the Vigraha of Srila Prabhupada, the Acharya of ISKCON.