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