Naidu back­stabbed NTR, switched sides: PM Modi

TDP min­is­ters do not re­ceive PM at air­port

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New Delhi: Dur­ing his first visit to Andhra Pradesh af­ter TDP parted ways with the NDA, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day lashed out at Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu for align­ing with the Congress.

The PM said that by switch­ing sides, the TDP supremo had “back­stabbed” his father-in-law and his party founder NT Ra­ma­rao.

Naidu, an ally of the BJP, had parted ways from the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) on a terse note in March last year ac­cus­ing PM Modi of break­ing prom­ises and land­ing the state in a big fis­cal mess be­fore join­ing hands with the Congress.

“The ar­ro­gance of Delhi dur­ing the Congress rule has al­ways in­sulted states. That was the rea­son NT Ra­ma­rao (NTR) had floated the TDP to make Andhra Pradesh Congress-mukt. But, Chan­drababu Naidu who had promised to walk on the foot­steps of NTR, has joined hands with the Congress,” PM Modi at a mas­sive rally in Gun­tur.

“The TDP chief, who has to re­sist the ar­ro­gance of the naam­daars and crush their ar­ro­gance, is sid­ing with them,” PM Modi said.

Stat­ing that Naidu keeps

on re­mind­ing him that he is se­nior to him, the Prime Min­is­ter said, “In­deed, he is se­nior to me and there is no dis­pute about this. You are a

se­nior in chang­ing al­liances, back­stab­bing your father-in­law, los­ing one elec­tion af­ter the other and shat­ter­ing the dreams of Andhra Pradesh,

where as I am not. Fur­ther­more, you are a se­nior in em­brac­ing to­mor­row those whom you would abuse to­day.” Turn to P4

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