‘CM Naidu has failed to use Cen­tral funds ap­pro­pri­atly’

Modi says NTR had launched the party to make Andhra Pradesh ‘Congress-mukt’

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GUN­TUR (AP): Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi Sun­day

launched a scathing at­tack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter and TDP supremo Chan­drababu Naidu, say­ing he has made a “U-turn” on prom­ises of de­vel­op­ment by not us­ing cen­tral funds in an ap­pro­pri­ate way and fail­ing to de­velop the state.

“Our govern­ment gave to Andhra Pradesh much more than what was men­tioned in spe­cial sta­tus. CM of Andhra Pradesh ac­knowl­edged this pack­age but took a U-turn as they failed to use the funds in the ap­pro­pri­ate way and were not able to de­velop the state,” Modi said, ad­dress­ing a pub­lic rally.

Modi lashed out at Naidu for align­ing with the Congress, say­ing the for­mer chief min­is­ter N T Rama Rao (NTR) had

launched the party to make Andhra Pradesh “con­gress­mukt” af­ter he was a vic­tim of its ‘ar­ro­gance.'

The Prime Min­is­ter said Naidu had been say­ing he was his se­nior and he had no prob­lems with it. “He keeps re­mind­ing me he is se­nior. There is no de­bate in this. I have never shown any dis­re­spect to you since you are a se­nior.

Babu garu is se­nior in jump­ing par­ties, se­nior in switch­ing to new al­liances and in back­stab­bing own father-in

law (NTR). He is a se­nior in

los­ing ev­ery other elec­tion. He is a se­nior in sit­ting in the lap of the same per­son whom he crit­i­cises. He is se­nior in de­stroy­ing the dreams of (peo­ple of) AP. I am cer­tainly not a se­nior in that re­spect,” Modi said, amid peals of laugh­ter.

Modi, who was on his first visit to the state af­ter the TDP walked out of the NDA govern­ment at the Cen­tre in March last year, came down heav­ily on Naidu, whom he re­peat­edly re­ferred to as “father of N Lokesh.”

Modi al­leged Naidu was tak­ing him on since the Cen­tre had sought de­tails of ev­ery paise given to Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu had promised walk­ing in the foot­steps of NTR, Modi said and asked if the Chief Min­is­ter had lived by it.

“The TDP leader who has to re­sist the ar­ro­gance of the Naam­daars (fa­mous and pow­er­ful peo­ple) and crush their ar­ro­gance is sid­ing with them,” he said in an ap­par­ent swipe at Naidu join­ing hands with the Congress.

“This chowki­dar (watch­man) has dis­turbed his sleep..

wanted to know the de­tails of ev­ery paise given to Andhra Pradesh,” Modi said.

Naidu promised the sun­rise of Andhra Pradesh but is fix­ated with the rise of his own son N Lokesh, Modi charged.

“Chan­drababu Naidu rightly said that he is a “wealth cre­ator” and Modi has no idea about wealth cre­ation.

From Amaravati to Polavaram, they are busy in cre­at­ing wealth for them­selves and thats why are scared from this ‘Chowki­dar'.

“One must ad­mire Chan­drababu Naidu Garus hon­esty.

He says he is a wealth cre­ator!hes ob­vi­ously cre­at­ing lots of wealth for him and his son while AP suf­fers.”

The Chief Min­is­ter promised the re­de­vel­op­ment of Amaravati but is now en­gaged in his own de­vel­op­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter al­leged.

He said Naidu had not ini­ti­ated any new pro­grammes for the poor but was only putting his stamp on the NDA govern­ment's de­vel­op­ment schemes.

On pro­vid­ing clean fuel in the coun­try, Modi said while in 60 years, only 12 crore gas con­nec­tions were given, the NDA govern­ment had given 13 crore gas con­nec­tions in just four years.

Ear­lier, the Prime Min­is­ter ded­i­cated two ma­jor petroleum and gas projects--a strate­gic petroleum re­serve fa­cil­ity at Visakha­p­at­nam and a gas field at Amala­pu­ram worth Rs 6,825 crore to the na­tion through re­mote con­trol sys­tem.

Modi said his govern­ment was work­ing to­wards en­sur­ing en­ergy se­cu­rity for the coun­try while si­mul­ta­ne­ously build­ing a clean fuel econ­omy.

He also laid the foun­da­tion­stone for the con­struc­tion of a Rs 2,280 crore coastal ter­mi­nal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Lim­ited at Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam in SPS Nel­lore dis­trict.

Dur­ing the rally, Modi said “Our aim is to have a new In­dia that is clean and pol­lu­tion-free. Such projects are the key to the na­tions en­ergy se­cu­rity,” Modi said.

The Cen­tre was build­ing oil re­serves at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the coun­try to en­sure there was no short­age of oil and gas in times of crises, he said, re­fer­ring to a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity he in­au­gu­rated in the north-east on Satur­day.

“Our govern­ment has been work­ing con­tin­u­ously to make In­dia a clean fuel econ­omy and sev­eral projects have been ini­ti­ated in this di­rec­tion,” he added.

Re­fer­ring to the strate­gic petroleum re­serve fa­cil­ity of In­dian Strate­gic Petroleum Re­serve Lim­ited (ISPRL) at Visakha­p­at­nam and the ONGCS Va­sishta S1 gas field in the Kr­ishna-go­davari Basin at Amala­pu­ram, the Prime Min­is­ter said they would not only help cre­ate jobs but also aid in the de­vel­op­ment of gas-based in­dus­tries in the re­gion.

Ear­lier, when Modi ar­rived at Gan­navaram air­port in Vi­jayawada, TDP work­ers staged protests.

The Chan­drababu Naid­uled party quit the Bjp-led NDA protest­ing the “in­jus­tice” done to the state post-bi­fur­ca­tion.

Giv­ing the pro­to­col a go-by, none of the state min­is­ters turned up at the air­port to for­mally re­ceive the Prime Min­is­ter.

BJP lead­ers al­leged that peo­ple were “thwarted,” from reach­ing the venue in large num­bers and said count­down would start for Naidu with Modi's rally at Gun­tur.

Com­ment­ing on the black bal­loon protests against him by TDP work­ers, Modi quipped he wel­comed it re­call­ing the tra­di­tion of smear­ing black to ward off evil de­signs.

Modi said: “In the last four and a half years, what­ever had to be done to en­sure jus­tice for my sis­ters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh, we have done. We stand with An­dra Pradesh and its great peo­ple.” NEW DELHI: Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Sun­day at­tacked the Cen­tre over the is­sue of job cre­ation, al­leg­ing that in­com­pe­tence cou­pled with ar­ro­gance has made the govern­ment a "text­book case of moral bank­ruptcy".

Gandhi cited a me­dia re­port, which quoted an Uber driver as say­ing that the govern­ment has not given jobs and he found one af­ter in­vest­ing lakhs, to make his point.

The driver had made the re­marks when he was asked about NITI Aayog's re­ported state­ment that Ola/uber have cre­ated two mil­lion jobs.

"In­com­pe­tence cou­pled with ar­ro­gance has made this govern­ment a text­book case of moral bank­ruptcy," Gandhi said in a Face­book post.

Gandhi has been highly crit­i­cal of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment and has of­ten ac­cused him of not ful­fill­ing the prom­ise made be­fore com­ing to power of cre­at­ing two crore jobs per year.

His at­tacks have es­ca­lated fol­low­ing a re­port by the Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey Of­fice, car­ried by an English daily, which said the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try is at the high­est in 45 years. The govern­ment had said it has not fi­nalised the sur­vey on labour force which re­port­edly showed that un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try hit a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. NEW DELHI: Ac­cus­ing the Congress party of launch­ing ‘fake cam­paigns' against the de­fence forces, ju­di­ciary and Re­serve Bank, Union Min­is­ter Arun Jaitley Sun­day said it is time to pro­tect the coun­try as well as its in­sti­tu­tions from ‘in­sti­tu­tion wreck­ers'.

In a hard-hit­ting Face­book post, the min­is­ter re­called how the Congress-led gov­ern­ments used to in­ter­fere with in­sti­tu­tions like the RBI, ju­di­ciary and the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI).

“It is about time that In­dia and its in­sti­tu­tions are pro­tected from these ‘in­sti­tu­tion wreck­ers',” said Jaitley, who Satur­day re­turned from the US af­ter med­i­cal treat­ment.

In the post ti­tled ‘In­sti­tu­tions Un­der At­tack - The Lat­est Fabri­ca­tion', Jaitley said the past two months have wit­nessed sev­eral “fake cam­paigns” which failed to cut much ice as false­hood does not have longevity.

The ‘com­pul­sive con­trar­i­ans' con­tin­ued to jump from one false­hood to an­other, he said.

Jaitley said in West Ben­gal, democ­racy is se­ri­ously un­der peril.

“BJP lead­ers can't land, pub­lic meet­ings are be­ing pre­vented and the Rath Ya­tra was dis­al­lowed. The Congress Party's stand on mul­ti­ple is­sues is self-con­tra­dic­tory. It slaugh­ters a cow be­fore the cam­eras in Ker­ala, and in­vokes the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act against the cow killers in Mad­hya Pradesh,” he said.

There are two crit­i­cal fea­tures of these new emerg­ing breed of in­sti­tu­tion pro­tec­tors'. They crit­i­cise the govern­ment

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