New Delhi:11/2:(odiannews):Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Opposition at rallies in three southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka as he highlighted the development work his government has undertaken.
In Guntur, Modi targeted N Chandrababu Naidu and said he does not know how to create wealth for himself, unlike the Andhra Pradesh chief minister. “I am a chowkidar [gatekeeper] keeping a strict vigil in defence of the wealth of my country and Naidu is working hard to make his son rich. This is why the Naidu band of opposition parties, tainted in corruption, is gunning for me,’’ Modi said as he launched the election campaign of BJP in Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier, activists of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Congress and Left parties shouted “Modi go-back” slogans as the Prime Minister landed at the Gannavaram airport, around 50 km from the venue of his election rally.
Attacks of PM Modi on Naidu came as the Andhra chief minister is preparing for a show of unity of Opposition parties in Delhi with his 12-hour relay fast on February 13 over the denial of Centre of special status to his state. Naidu has the backing of 22 parties.
Modi dismissed the show of strength as “only worth a photo session” as well as the protests against him on Sunday. “…I will return to power after the 2019 general elections and I should thank the protesters for keeping an evil eye off me with black balloons [they carried on Sunday],” he said.
Naidu hit back at Modi and said he will return to Gujarat and would “certainly not” retain his prime ministerial post. “I have taken up the cudgels for uniting the Opposition for the noble cause of sending Modi home but not for his bashing alone,” Naidu told reporters. “I will not keep quiet until my state gets its due.”
Invoking the legacy of NTR, Modi alleged the Andhra CM was insulting the TDP founder, to which Naidu responded by saying, “personal attacks would beget personal attacks”.