‘Modi go back’ posters come up

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Nation - Gali Na­garaja let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

VIJAYAWADA: Es­tranged al­lies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Tel­ugu De­sam party (TDP) were set for a show­down on Satur­day, the eve of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Mod’s visit to launch his party’s election cam­paign in Andhra Pradesh’s Gun­tur.

The PM is likely to be greeted with “Modi go back” protests by TDP ac­tivists. Ban­ners have al­ready been in­stalled at van­tage points across the city protest­ing the visit.

TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu and Modi cam­paigned to­gether in the 2014 gen­eral election. In March last year, the TDP parted ways with the Bjp-led Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) over the de­nial of spe­cial cat­e­gory sta­tus to Andhra Pradesh that would have en­ti­tled it to ex­tra cen­tral funds to ex­e­cute de­vel­op­ment projects.

Naidu asked his party work­ers in a tele­con­fer­ence on Satur­day to stage black flag demon­stra­tions dur­ing Modi’s visit and give vent to their anger against the al­leged be­trayal of the TDP by the NDA.

The BJP ac­cused the state gov­ern­ment of seek­ing to im­pede Modi’s election rally.

“It’s a black day for Andhra peo­ple. If he (Modi) sets his foot in our home state, our soil will be­come un­holy as he is a be­trayer, be­ly­ing his own as­sur­ances given to our bi­fur­cated state such as spe­cial cat­e­gory sta­tus”, Naidu said.

Modi will ar­rive from New Delhi to ad­dress a rally on the Etukuru by­pass road in Gun­tur city at 10am, said U Srini­vasa Raju, a spokesman for the BJP.

“You can­not stall our pro­gramme by cre­at­ing hur­dles. you are do­ing all this only out of fear .... ,” tweeted BJP Andhra Pradesh state pres­i­dent Kanna Lak­sh­mi­narayana.

TDP spokesper­son Panchu­marthy Anu­radha said: “Gov­ern­ment gave per­mis­sion for the BJP rally in Gun­tur. What is the ba­sis for the BJP’S charges of cre­at­ing hur­dles for PM’S rally.”

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