Naidu was un­able to an­swer queries on funds use: Modi

A.P. CM’s aim is not Sun­rise State but ‘Son Rise State’, says Prime Min­is­ter

The Hindu - - SOUTH - P. Samuel Jonathan

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day crit­i­cised Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Chan­drababu Naidu for join­ing the Op­po­si­tion par­ties that had formed an “un­holy al­liance’’ against the BJP.

Claim­ing that he had been the “chowki­dar’’ of the coun­try for four years, Mr. Modi said he had taken a vow to pro­tect the lives and in­ter­ests of the peo­ple and work for their de­vel­op­ment.

Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing here, he said Mr. Naidu had be­gun dif­fer­ing with him only af­ter he had sought ac­count­abil­ity in his spend­ing.

“The main prob­lem of the AP CM is I have asked for Util­i­sa­tion Cer­tifi­cates of the money spent on var­i­ous projects. I am a ‘chowki­dar’ and I have ev­ery right to seek ac­count­abil­ity of ev­ery ru­pee of the tax payer. Mr. Naidu of­ten talks of ‘wealth cre­ation,’ yes, from Polavaram to Amaravati, we have seen how he has amassed wealth for him­self!’’ Mr. Modi said.

He asked peo­ple to chal­lenge Mr. Naidu to give de­tails of ex­pen­di­ture for his protest pro­grammes in the State and in New Delhi, where he was go­ing to take part in a ‘deek­sha’ on Mon­day.

Mr. Modi, who ar­rived in Gun­tur at 11 a.m., also ac­cused Mr. Naidu of tak­ing a U-turn at the cost of the de­vel­op­ment of the State.

“Mr. Naidu has for­got­ten the re­build­ing of the State a long time back and is now busy re­build­ing his party which is in tat­ters. He is try­ing to fool ev­ery­one by claim­ing that he is build­ing a Sun­rise State but is, in fact, try­ing to make his son CM, mark­ing a new phase in the State — ‘Son Rise State.’ ’’

CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR ■

Vol­ley of charges: PM Modi and A.P. BJP pres­i­dent Kanna Lak­sh­mi­narayana in Gun­tur on Sun­day.

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