GUNTUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu, saying he has made a "U-turn" on promises of development to the state.
"Our government gave to Andhra Pradesh much more than what was mentioned in special status. CM of Andhra Pradesh acknowledged this package but took a U-turn as they failed to use the funds in the appropriate way and were not able to develop the state," Modi said while addressing a public rally.
Modi lashed out at Naidu for aligning with the Congress.
"The TDP leader who has to resist the arrogance of the Naamdaars (famous and powerful people) and crush their arrogance is siding with them," he said.
Modi said the former chief minister NT Ramarao (NTR) had launched the party to make Andhra Pradesh "congress-mukth" after he was a victim of its 'arrogance.'
“Naidu had promised walking in the footsteps of NTR. If the Chief Minister had lived by it”, PM asked.
"The arrogance of Delhi (during the Congress rule) has always insulted states. And NTR that is why decided to make AP Congress-mukth and floated the TDP”, he said.
“Naidu was indeed a senior to him, but only in losing elections, switching alliances and ditching his father-in-law NT Rama Rao”, Modi added.
"He keeps reminding me he is senior. There is no debate in this. I have never shown any disrespect to you since you are a senior. You are a senior in changing alliances. A senior biting the back of your own father-in-law. A senior in losing one election after the other, whereas I am not," he added.
Modi alleged Naidu was taking him on since the Centre had sought details of every paise given to Andhra Pradesh
"This chowkidar (watchman) has disturbed his sleep.. wanted to know the details of every paise given to Andhra Pradesh," Modi said.
“Naidu promised the sunrise of Andhra Pradesh but is fixated with the rise of his own son N Lokesh”, Modi charged.
“The Chief Minister promised the redevelopment of Amaravati but is now engaged in his own development. He had not initiated any new programmes for the poor but was only putting his stamp on the NDA government's development schemes”, the Prime Minister alleged.
This is Modi's first visit to the state after the ruling Telugu Desam Party severed ties with the NDA.
The Chandrababu Naidu-led party quit the BJP-led alliance protesting the "injustice" done to the state post-bifurcation.
With inputs from PTI