New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched an all-out offensive against N Chandrababu Naidu saying that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister was so fixated with the rise of his son that he does not realise how his policies and corruption can lead to the sunset of the state. Also Read - People Happy As Congress Rule Ended, Says PM Modi in Poll-Bound Puducherry | LIVE UPDATES
“The CM is so fixated with the rise of his son that he does not realise how his policies and corruption can lead to sunset of the state. To set the son, he (Naidu) is creating an atmosphere for the sunset of the state. He is promoting only his son, he is forgetting the sons and daughters of the state,” said PM Modi, while addressing BJP workers from Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Narasaraopet and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh via video conferencing. Also Read - Fact Check: Is The Govt Providing Loan Upto Rs 2 Lakh Under 'Pradhan Mantri Yojana Loan' Scheme?
Responding to complaints made by BJP leaders of threats being issued by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to BJP workers, the prime minister said that it was a “direct outcome” of “nervousness and insecurity” (of the TDP chief). Also Read - Breaking News February 24 News And Updates: Paramilitary Forces in Haryana to Stay Till Feb End, Says Govt
PM Modi called the opposition’s alliance a “jamghat” (crowd) of “family-ruled parties”, saying those unable to win over the people are resorting to violence.
“Nowadays in the country, those who are unable to get into the people’s hearts, and whom the people are not ready to accept, are adopting a violent path. Everyday, our workers are getting killed in Kerala. But still, our workers are not deterred. In AP too, there are atrocities against BJP workers,” he said.
A BJP leader had said that Naidu on Friday vented his anger on a group of party workers after they blocked the CM’s convoy to protest his comments against Modi.
Naidu had reportedly said, “You will get beaten up. Don’t invite unnecessary trouble. You will be finished. Do you support the injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh? People will teach you a lesson.”
Furthering his attack on the Andhra Pradesh CM, who has been playing a pivotal role in bringing the anti-BJP parties under one roof for the proposed Congress-led ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance), PM Modi said that Naidu is daydreaming of becoming Prime Minister and alleged that he backstabbed TDP founder and his father-in-law N. T. Rama Rao twice.
“It was NTR who led ‘Congress-mukt’ Bharat movement with anti-Congress National Front, but today his son-in-law bowed his head before Congress to save his power. NTR was a true icon of Telugu pride. NTR never forgot Congress for hurting Telugu pride and for betrayal of Telugu interests. Today those in power in Andhra Pradesh are so desperate to cling to their power that they betrayed Telugu interests and stabbed NTR in the back for second a time.”
PM Modi also warned opposition parties to never underestimate the power of BJP workers, saying once the party workers decide something, “no force can stop the party from getting success.”
“For BJP what matter is the passion to serve Bharat Mata. In some parties what matters is a family. In others, what matters is one’s fortune. And for many others, both family and fortune matter,” he said.
He said Congress is a non-starter in the state and that the ruling TDP’s “poor governance record” had totally been exposed.
“The BJP has been a victim of many lies. We are called a party of Hindi heartland and a party of upper castes. But we have formed governments in Goa, Gujarat, Assam, Tripura and many other states. People of Andhra Pradesh are looking for a change.”
PM Modi urged party workers to make friends with the “foot soldiers” of the media and asked to talk to them, even beyond press meets.
(With inputs from agencies)