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Chandrababu Naidu Accuses 'Hollow Man' PM Modi of Cheating Country, Denying Special Status to Andhra

Naidu said that despite promising a special category to Andhra Pradesh in the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied it.


Updated:December 23, 2018, 7:05 PM IST
Chandrababu Naidu Accuses 'Hollow Man' PM Modi of Cheating Country, Denying Special Status to Andhra
File photo of Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu.

Amaravati: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "doing nothing" for the country, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu dubbed him a "hollow man". He also took a swipe at the Prime Minister for denying special status to Andhra Pradesh, despite promising it in the Parliament.

Naidu said Modi did nothing even for his home state Gujarat as its chief minister for 12 years, but made everyone believe he did "great things". "We all believed this. The whole country believed this but were left cheated", the chief minister said in a continued diatribe against Modi.

Releasing a 'white paper' on "implementation" of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 and the "connected assurances", Naidu said, "A leader makes all the difference. We believed what all Narendra Modi said. What is Narendra Modi today... hollow."

The prime minister had been campaigning that there was no great leader than him, he alleged, adding "but he is no good".

Naidu also alleged that Modi was seeking to blackmail everyone using "muscle power" and spending "tonnes and tonnes of money" to win elections. "Since you have money, you are spending tonnes and tonnes to buy votes. Why are you not abolishing Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes? You are ruining the country and you are responsible for that. Many are forced to do wrong things because of your acts," the Telugu Desam Party chief said.

If the currency notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denominations were not available, people would vote only for those who do good, he said. "Even if one indulges in corruption, there will be no scope for hoarding (of illicit money)", Naidu said.

He also ridiculed the Central government for "teaching grammar" to the Supreme Court, in the context of its recent ruling on Rafale deal.

"There are grammar mistakes in the sealed cover (presented by the Centre in the Rafale case) to the Supreme Court. What do you call them?

They are teaching grammar to the SC... What is the different between a sealed cover and an actual cover? What credibility they have?" he


He also said the prime minister did not have the right to talk about anything in the country.

Referring to Gujarat, Naidu said Telangana had a better per capita income than Gujarat.

"What justice did Modi do to Gujarat, being its CM for 12 years? Telangana is ahead of Gujarat in terms of per capita income. Soon, AP too would overtake it", he claimed.

It was only out of fear that AP would overtake Gujarat in all respects that the Modi government was denying special category status to the state, though promised in Parliament, Naidu alleged, adding that the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act too were not being implemented.

The 32-page white paper listed the "injustices" done to AP post-bifurcation (in June 2014) and accused the Centre of making no efforts to sort out the differences between AP and Telangana.

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