AP under dad-son rule, Modi hits out at Naidu
■ PM says CM did U-turn as Centre was asking for accounts
In a no-holds-barred attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Prime Minster Narendra Modi said during his visit to Andhra Pradesh on Sunday that the Telugu Desam supremo has made a Uturn after his (Mr Modi’s) “chowkidar government” started asking for accounts of the funds released by the Central government for the development of Andhra Pradesh.
Calling the CM ‘Lokesh’s father Chandrababu’, Mr Modi said Mr Naidu has never given an account of the public money he has spent and accused him of creating wealth for himself right from Polavaram to Amaravati. He declared that the people are ready to dislodge the corrupt government in AP, which he called Baap bete ke sarkar (Father and son government).
The PM also alleged that Mr Naidu sticker was being used on the propaganda material of the Centrally-sponsored schemes.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan received Mr Modi at Vijayawada’s Gannavaram airport, but Mr Naidu skipped the welcome. Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha was present but not a single minister was to be seen at the airport. A mammoth crowd had turned up to hear Mr Modi, who would be holding two other meetings on Sunday, one in Chennai and the other in Karnataka.
In a no-holds-barred attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Prime Minster Narendra Modi said during his visit to Andhra Pradesh on Sunday that the Telugu Desam supremo has made a U-turn after his (Mr Modi’s) “chowkidar government” started asking for accounts of the funds released by the Central government for the development of Andhra Pradesh.
“I would like to put a full stop to a series of lies. In the past 55 months, the Central government has released adequate funds for the development of Andhra Pradesh. However, the state government did not utilise the funds allocated in an efficient manner. The Centre has done its best for AP. We did all we could for the people of AP in the last four-and-ahalf years,” Mr Modi said. He asked Mr Naidu, to “stop abusing me. Tell people of AP where you have spent the money sent by the Centre. Previous governments have never asked for an account of the money. I want every rupee spent to be properly accounted for. Antics of father-son government is not appreciated by AP people and they are now determined to throw out this corrupt government,” he said.
The purpose of his government, he declared, is “not wealth creation for self like Naidu. Our purpose is to give them transparent government and opportunities. Our purpose is to take care of all sons and daughters of India and not only his own son.”
Mr Modi said there were four reasons — he called them “truths” — why Mr Naidu had joined hands with the Congress, something that the founder of the TD would have opposed. The first was “fear of losing badly in the election, second truth, establishing his son in politics, third truth, creation of huge wealth, fourth truth, this chowkidar, who is talking to you at this time, has made them scared. NTR’s soul must be crying looking at Naidu joining the Congress. Dusht Congress of NTR has become Dost Congress of Naidu. The TD, which took birth from self-esteem and selfrespect of Telugus has now completely become a foot-mat for the Congress. This is very unfortunate,” Mr Modi said.
“I’ve just done official work without much expenditure of public money. This meeting is done with the funds of BJP karyakartas. But Naidu is going to Delhi to get himself photographed by splurging AP people’s money,” he said.
Resorting to sarcasm, Mr Modi said, “One must admire Chandrababu Naidu Garu’s honesty. He says he is a wealth creator. He’s obviously creating lots of wealth for him and his son while AP suffers. We are patriotic Indians. We are only thinking about the nation. Lokesh’s father is saying correctly that he knows about wealth creation. They are busy creating their own wealth. One who promised Sunrise of Andhra Pradesh is busy in rising of his son.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP rally in Guntur on Sunday. —
TD activists felicitate Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at the IGMC stadium in Vijayawada on Sunday. Naidu is wearing a black shirt in protest against the Central government neglecting funds to Andhra Pradesh.