Modi, who was in Guntur on a whirlwind tour amidst criticism by the ruling TDP of neglecting Andhra Pradesh, launched Rs 9200 crore projects in the state. The Prime Minister faced protocol breach as the state administration ignored him.
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu decided to stay away from extending the protocol courtesies to PM Modi. Officials too joined Naidu. Chief secretary Anil Chandra Punetha and other senior officials confined themselves to according welcome to PM Narendra Modi at Vijayawada airport, and skipped the official programme in Guntur.
In a scathing attack on Naidu, Modi said that TDP supremo is literally spending sleepless nights for the past few months as he had indulged in large-scale misuse of central funds.
The fight between Modi and Naidu, which was at a political level, took a personal turn on Sunday. While Modi preferred to address Naidu as the father of Nara Lokesh, Naidu retorted wondering if Modi would admit Jashodaben as his wife.
The TDP and Left parties observed a black day and organised protests with black pots symbolising empty promises. Modi had brought two pots – one with earth and other with Yamuna water – during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Amaravati four years ago.
During his maiden visit to the state after TDP walking out of the NDA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that Naidu is going to lose the next election for sure. Modi completely dedicated his address to undress his former ally’s untrustworthy attitude.
Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, Narendra Modi dubbed Naidu as the most opportunistic leader on the earth. He ripped through Naidu’s strategies and u-turns during his long political career. “Naidu has never won a second term in succession in his life. Fearing a certain defeat in the next elections, Naidu had decided to join Congress-led Mahakutami by burying the party founder NTR’s ideals on fighting with Congress,” Modi said. He said that NTR had vowed to make the country Congress Mukth Bharath, but Naidu had gone to the Naamdars (referring to the famed Congress family) and bowed down his head for political gains.
Referring to Naidu’s comments on seniority, Modi said that, there was no dispute about the issue. “We have given him due respect as a senior leader. But, Naidu proved that he is more senior in switching sides, speaking lies, back-stabbing his own father-in-law, losing elections and making monies.”
The Prime Minister said that Naidu promised to build a world class capital city in Amaravati but engaged in building his own son Lokesh’s career. He said that he took another u-turn to make the “sun rise” state into “son rise” state.
Modi said that people have realized the gimmicks of Naidu and decided to send him home packed. He charged that Naidu was misleading the people on Centre’s assistance to the state and spreading lies against the Centre. “Naidu had only put the TDP’s stickers on Central funds,” criticized Modi.
He said that Naidu is worried about giving accounts of every paise released from the Centre as Chowkidar (Modi) would never allow leaders to pocket public money. He said that Naidu spoke the truth on only one issue where he said that Modi does not know how to create wealth. “Yes, Naidu is right because I have never engaged in creation of my own wealth. Naidu is busy in building his own wealth right from Amaravati to Polavaram,” fumed Modi.
The Prime Minister predicted that Naidu losing the next election is certain and the state would be made corruption free once after ousting Naidu from power. Referring to the Special Category Status (SCS), Modi said that Centre had sanctioned special financial assistance package to Andhra Pradesh after consulting the state government way back in 2016. He said that the state government had also appreciated the package and thanked the Centre through a resolution in the Assembly for giving the package.
“Naidu took u-turn and started demanding SCS to cover up his failures,” said PM Modi.