Modi ques­tions Naidu’s move to align with Cong

GUN­TUR PM in­vokes NTR’S legacy, says Andhra CM in­sult­ing TDP founder

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GUN­TUR: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day in­voked the legacy of late Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter NT Rama Rao to question Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP) supremo N Chan­drababu Naidu’s move to align with the Con­gress, say­ing NTR’S “atma” (spirit) would be “hurt” on see­ing this.

Vet­er­ans like Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP) founder NTR, as he is ad­dressed, were “in­sulted’ by the ar­ro­gance of the “naam­dars” (fa­mous) of the Delhi fam­ily, Modi said in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the Con­gress party.

Ad­dress­ing a BJP rally here, Modi ques­tioned the ra­tio­nale be­hind Naidu’s plan to tie up with the Con­gress, re­mind­ing him that his party’s very ex­is­tence was born out of the “in­sult” meted out to his father-in-law by the grand old party. In an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the Con­gress, Modi said NTR used to call “dusht” (evil) those “in­sult­ing” Andhra Pradesh and asked why Naidu was hob­nob­bing with such per­sons to­day.

Modi charged that though Naidu claimed to have in­her­ited the legacy of NTR and promised to ful­fill his dreams, he had not lived up to those as­sur­ances

At the rally, the Prime Min­is­ter said he doesn’t know how to cre­ate wealth for him­self un­like his friend-turned-foe Naidu. “I am a chowki­dar keep­ing a strict vigil to de­fend the coun­try’s wealth, while Naidu is work­ing hard to make his son rich. This is why the Naidu band of Op­po­si­tion par­ties, tainted in cor­rup­tion, is gun­ning for me,” Modi said.

Black bal­loons and plac­ards read­ing “Modi go-back” from the ac­tivists of the Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP), the Con­gress and Left par­ties wel­comed the Prime Min­is­ter as he landed at the Gan­navaram air­port, 50 km from the venue of his elec­tion rally. Modi hit back the Op­po­si­tion for their protest say­ing, “Yes, I will be go­ing back to my PM post af­ter the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions and I

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dress­ing a rally in Tirup­pur, Tamil Nadu, on Sun­day

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