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Chandrababu Naidu ‘senior’ in backstabbing NTR, switching sides: PM Modi

PM also accused the TDP chief of misusing public money for his several campaign trips and programmes

Guntur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first visit to Andhra Pradesh, after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke out of an alliance with the BJP last year, launched a string of attacks
on Chief Minister and political rival Chandrababu Naidu. “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),” said PM Modi. Naidu is losing popularity in his state, alleged PM Modi.
PM Modi accused the TDP chief of misusing public money for his several campaign trips and programmes. Turning to the state BJP chief, Kanna Lakshminarayana, he asked, “who is footing
the bill for today’s event…BJP workers always pay for their own campaigns but he (Chandrababu Naidu) uses money from people’s pocket for his campaigns?”, said PM Modi and added
that the public must hold Naidu accountable.
The man who had promised “sunrise” for Andhra Pradesh is working to promote his son, N Lokesh, PM Modi charged. “The Chief Minister promised the development of Amaravati but is now
engaged in his own development,” alleged PM Modi.
Earlier, PM Modi landed in Vijaywada’s Gannavaram airport, where he was received by the Governor. Breaking protocol, no one from Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet was present at the
airport. Only the state Chief Secretary and the police chief were there. After a rally in Guntur, PM Modi visited Tiruppur and Raichur later in the day.
TDP, Congress and Left parties are protesting PM Modi’s visit to the state and large posters of “No more Modi”and “Modi never again” were seen on the roads. TDP protesters waved black
flags and balloons, when a BJP convoy was on its way to the rally spot in Guntur. In some places, protesters burnt tyres and PM’s effigies.
“The Prime Minister came here to scold me. It is easy to criticise and run away…He did not do us any justice…Will we forgive him…They separated the state…The wound of separation
has not yet healed and now they are making it worse,” Naidu lashed out on Sunday. He is upset with the Narendra Modi government and accused PM Modi of not keeping his promise of
giving special category status to the state.
“It is a dark day…He is weakening the states and constitutional institutions. PMO’s intervention in Rafael is disrespect to the nation,” the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, one of PM Modi’s
strongest critics said on Saturday.
The TDP chief also alleged that the YSR Congress is hand-in-glove with the BJP and helping them organise the “crowd”. “That is why Jaganmohan Reddy is not uttering a word against PM
Modi’s betrayal of Andhra Pradesh,” he told party workers in a video conference.

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