Day be­fore CM Naidu’s fast, Modi takes fight to his turf

PM: TDP-Cong Tie-Up Will Hurt NTR’s Atma Naidu hits back as PM calls him ‘Lokesh’s fa­ther’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - Sam­[email protected] times­ Venu Lanka & Sam­dani MN

Gun­tur: A day be­fore N Chan­drababu Naidu joins op­po­si­tion par­ties for a sit-in in New Delhi against the Cen­tre, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day ac­cused the Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter of splurg­ing pub­lic funds for political gains. In his first visit to AP af­ter the TDP leader walked out of NDA, the PM de­manded that Naidu make pub­lic the ac­counts of his spend­ing be­fore reaching Delhi for the protest.

Modi, who was in Gun­tur on a whirl­wind tour amid crit­i­cism by the rul­ing TDP of ne­glect­ing Andhra Pradesh, launched projects worth Rs 9,200 crore for the state even as the CM de­cided to stay away from ex­tend­ing pro­to­col cour­tesy to the PM. The chief sec­re­tary and other se­nior of­fi­cials, too, con­fined them­selves to only ac­cord­ing wel­come to Modi at Vi­jayawada air­port and skip­ping the of­fi­cial pro­gramme in Gun­tur.

Dub­bing Naidu as the “most op­por­tunis­tic leader on the earth”, Modi talked about his U-turns dur­ing his long political career. “Naidu has never won a sec­ond term in suc­ces­sion in his life. Fear­ing a cer­tain de­feat in the next elec­tions, Naidu had de-


Andhra Vi­jayawada / Gun­tur: The on­go­ing fight be­tween TDP and BJP over spe­cial cat­e­gory sta­tus for AP turned per­sonal on Sun­day with prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi choos­ing to ad­dress chief min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu as the “fa­ther of Nara Lokesh”.

Naidu hit back say­ing that he takes pride in be­ing the fa­ther of his min­is­ter-son Lokesh. “I’m the proud fa­ther of Nara Lokesh and I love to be called as the fa­ther of Lokesh. Could you ad­mit that you are the proud hus­band of Jashod­aben?” Naidu said. The CM said he is a fam­ily man and has al­ways cared for his fam­ily mem­bers. “But Modi never cared for his fam­ily,” he said.

“I never touch per­sonal is­sues, but com­ments made by Modi forced me to make per­sonal com­ments. I’m proud of my fam­ily mem­bers. They never de­pended on me or my political prow­ess. I’m a fam­ily man and I love to spend time with them. Modi doesn’t have a fam­ily and he is un­aware of fam­ily bond­ings and re­la­tion­ships,” said Naidu. “My wife Bhu­vaneswari, who started Her­itage, had worked hard to achieve suc­cess in the busi­ness. She never de­pended on me,” Naidu added.

Ma­hesh G

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with BJP state pres­i­dent Kanna Lak­shmi Narayana in Andhra Pradesh’s Gun­tur dis­trict on Sun­day

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