Naidu drags Modi wife’s name in spat

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In a very sharp coun­ter­at­tack on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who had called him ‘Lokesh’s father Chan­drababu’, AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu dragged in the name of Mr Modi’s wife.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic meet at Vi­jayawada, Mr Naidu said, “Do you know Modi has a wife? Her name is Jashod­aben but he has shunned his wife and fam­ily.” Speak­ing at the Indira Gandhi Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium in Vi­jayawada, he ob­jected to the way Mr Modi re­ferred to him and said he was proud to be Mr Lokesh’s father. He said Mr Modi did not know hu­man and fam­ily re­la­tions as he has no son and had moved away from his wife and fam­ily.

He said he was against bring­ing up per­sonal is­sues but as Mr Modi had men­tioned his fam­ily, he had replied in a sim­i­lar man­ner. Mr Naidu al­leged that Mr Modi had come all the way from Delhi in a spe­cial air­craft only to crit­i­cise him.

In a very sharp coun­ter­at­tack on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who had called him ‘Lokesh’s father Chan­drababu’, AP Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu dragged in the name of Mr Modi’s wife.

Re­ply­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter’s charge that he had back­stabbed N.T. Rama Rao, Mr Naidu said Mr Modi had the his­tory of back­stab­bing his guru L.K. Advani.

He said that af­ter the Godhra mas­sacre then Prime Min­is­ter A.B. Va­j­payee had de­cided to re­move Mr Modi as Gu­jarat Chief Min­is­ter but his guru, Mr Advani, had stopped it. He said af­ter be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mr Modi had for­got­ten this and had not even greeted his guru dur­ing a pro­gramme.

On Mr Modi’s charge that he had switched par­ties, Mr Naidu said he had served the peo­ple through N.T. Rama Rao. “I never prac­tised op­por­tunist pol­i­tics,” Mr Naidu said.

He said Mr Modi wore costly dresses and footwear de­spite claim­ing to be a “chai­wala”, while he him­self dressed as a com­mon man. In re­sponse to Mr Modi mak­ing fun of his claim of be­ing a se­nior in pol­i­tics, Mr Naidu said the TD had elec­tions con­tin­u­ously in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Mr Naidu said that Mr Modi had never given him re­spect nor had he ful­filled the as­sur­ances given to Andhra Pradesh. He said he had never asked Mr Modi for per­sonal favours but only for AP. Mr Naidu

said that TD had fought against the sup­pres­sion of AP by the then Congress govern­ment and now the BJP govern­ment was do­ing the same. This is why the TD was fight­ing against in­jus­tice, he said.

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