AP un­der dad-son rule, Modi hits out at Naidu

■ PM says CM did U-turn as Cen­tre was ask­ing for ac­counts

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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.”

TEJO ROY

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.

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