Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, saying he has made a "U-turn" on promises of development to the state and only trying to replicate NDA government's schemes. “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," PM Modi said, addressing a public rally.
Modi lashed out at Naidu for aligning with the Congress, saying the former chief minister NT Ramarao (NTR) had launched the party to make Andhra Pradesh "congress-mukt" after he was a victim of its 'arrogance.' Naidu was indeed a senior to him, but only in losing elections, switching alliances and ditching his father-in-law NT Rama Rao, PM Modi said at a public rally in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur. "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. You are a senior in changing alliances.
A senior biting the back of your own father-in-law. A senior in losing one election after the other, where as I am not," the Prime Minister said. Further, Naidu was senior in embracing tomorrow those whom he would abuse today, PM Modi said. PM 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 arrogance of Delhi (during the Congress rule) has always insulted states. And NTR that is why decided to make AP Congress-mukt and floated the TDP. 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," PM Modi said. Naidu promised the sunrise of Andhra Pradesh but is fixated with the rise of his own son N Lokesh, PM Modi charged. 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 to the nation through remote control system.
He also laid the foundation-stone for the construction of a coastal terminal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Krishnapatnam in SPS Nellore district. Addressing the rally, PM Modi said "Our aim is to have a New India that is clean and pollution-free. Such projects are the key to the nation’s energy security," PM 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 PM Modi arrived at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada, TDP workers staged protests. This is Modi's first visit to the state after the ruling Telugu Desam Party severed ties with the NDA in March last year. The Chandrababu Naidu-led party quit the BJP-led alliance protesting the "injustice" done to the state post-bifurcation.
Giving the protocol a go-by, none of the state ministers turned up at the Gannavaram 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, PM Modi quipped he welcomed it recalling the tradition of smearing black to ward off evil designs.
People of Andhra Pradesh want corruption-free government, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu has belittled the tradition of Andhra Pradesh, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu has reserved all the slangs in the dictionary to use against Modi, says PM Narendra Modi in Andhra Pradesh.
My government is dedicated for the development of Andhra Pradesh, says PM Modi.
I understand the problems of the state government, their aspirations: PM Modi.
I would like to put a full stop on a series of lies. In the past 55 months, Central govt has released adequate funds for the development of Andhra. However, the state govt never utilised the funds allocated in an efficient manner: PM Modi.
When a chief minister keeps on lying then it is for all to believe that the later is losing the confidence of the people: PM Modi
It's our collective responsibility to work together for the development this country: PM Modi.
The leader of TDP who should have worked for Congress Free India is now supporting the Congress Party: PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu promised to realize the dreams and also to follow the footsteps of NTR. But today is he giving respect to NTR?: PM Modi
At whose expense is Chandrababu Naidu going to Delhi tomorrow? The people of Andhra Pradesh should ask him: PM Modi.
I have heard that they are now planning to come to Delhi. I would insist that before coming to Delhi they should give the detail of his expenses to the people of Andhra: PM Modi.
Because I ask the details of every penny sent, that is the reason why Chandrababu hates me: PM Modi.
CM of Andhra promised to develop the infrastructure of Andhra but took a U-turn. He promised the redevelopment of Amravati but is now engaged in his own development: PM Modi
Your 'Chowkidaar' is creating a lot of difficulties for Chandrababu Naidu: PM Modi.
Naidu is trying to establish his son in politics: PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu is fearing loss in the upcoming elections: PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu can't face hard facts, today, I will tell the truth: PM Modi
Those who left the people of the country to live in smoke are now spreading the smoke of lies in the country. CM of Andhra Pradesh has also lost his vision of development and has joined them in their competition of abusing Modi: PM Modi.
It was NTR's dream to make country 'Congress Free', says PM Modi.
Congress has always insulted senior politicians, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu is senior to me when it comes to insulting people, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu is senior to me when it comes to changing parties, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu is senior to me when it comes to lossing elections, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu is senior to me when it comes to backstabbing, says PM Modi.
Chandrababu Naidu has stabbed his own father-in-law, says PM Modi
Those who had pushed the country into pollution are now coming together to form Mahamilwat, says PM Modi.
Our government is continuously working to make India a clean fuel economy and several projects have been initiated in this direction: PM Modi
We are providing gas connections to poorest of the poor people: PM Modi.
Our aim is to make 'New India' pollution free: PM Modi
Amravati is also called as the “Oxford” and the youth from different places come here to fulfill their dreams: PM Modi.
The Central government has selected Amravati as the heritage city under the “Hriday Scheme”: PM Modi.
Today, various projects have been inaugurated: PM Modi.
The love of people from Andhra Pradesh has been giving me energy to work more for the development of the state: PM Narendra Modi
I congratulate the youngsters of Andhra Pradesh who will be casting their votes for the first time.
Speaking to my sisters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh. Watch the rally in Guntur. https://t.co/ALoX9HxLow
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 10, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for Krishnapatnam Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) coastal terminal project in Guntur.
Andhra Pradesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches the venue in Guntur where he will address a public rally shortly. He will also lay the foundation stone for Krishnapatnam BPCL coastal terminal project today. pic.twitter.com/Zv36sKuWZO
— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2019