NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday launched into a tirade against the central government alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not following 'raj dharma’.
"Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said 'raj dharma' was not followed in Gujarat during the 2002 riots. Now, 'raj dharma' is not being followed in the case of Andhra Pradesh. We have been denied what was rightfully ours," Naidu claimed.
"On behalf of five crore people, I came here to remind you of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act," Naidu said.
"I am warning you. Don't make personal attacks against me and my people. It's unwarranted. I am just doing my duty as the head of my state. We are only demanding what we were promised," he added.
"TDP founder NT Rama Rao had said, if somebody attacks your self-respect, teach them a lesson. So, we will not tolerate. We will give you a befitting answer", Naidu told the gathering.
The TDP chief alleged the BJP government unleashes central investigation agencies on rival parties if they fight for their rights.
Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began his a day-long hunger strike for justice in Delhi on Monday.
He is accompanied by his ministers, Party MLAs, MLCs and MPs and observing the hunger strike against the central government over the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh.
He also demanded the Centre grant special status to the state and fulfil all promises made before its bifurcation in 2014.
The party has been accusing the Narendra Modi government of not releasing enough funds for the Polavaram irrigation project, the Kadapa steel plant and Amravati, the under-construction ultra-modern state capital.
“If you won't fulfil our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self-respect of people of AP. Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect, we won't tolerate it”, Naidu said.
Naidu has started his fight against the Modi a day after PM Modi’s visit to Andhra Pradesh.
Before starting the fast, Naidu offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and to B R Ambedkar at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.
As per an official statement, Chandrababu Naidu will observe fast from 8 am to 8 pm and will be submitting a memorandum to the president Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday.
A number of opposition party leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, are expected to extend support to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief's fast.
With inputs from PTI