Andhra Pradesh chief minister says disappointed to hear Modi comparing him with ‘corrupt politicians’
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks, saying he was pained to hear Modi comparing him with “corrupt politicians” and talking about “petty things” during his reply to the TDPs no-confidence motion in Parliament.
“As a Prime Minister of this country, you should not talk like that … you should not talk about petty things,” Naidu told reporters here.
Modi in his reply to the debate in the Lok Sabha on Friday said when the TDP pulled out of the NDA, he called Naidu to tell him that he was falling in a trap of his rival YSR Congress.
The Prime Minister also alleged that the TDP was trying to cover up its failures by making false allegations against the Centre and the scores of local politics were being settled in Parliament.
Naidu said such statements were not expected from a person sitting on a post of Prime Minister. “He said you are falling in the trap of YSR Congress. I told him as far as I am doing right things, nothing can happen to me and my party. I also asked him how can he compare me with tainted people … YSRCP’s leader is going to court every week. We are in Parliament,” Naidu said.
The Chief Minister said the Prime Minister told him that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao was more matured than Naidu.
“I said the Prime Minister is not supposed to use such language,” Naid said.
The no confidence motion was moved by Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which until recently was an NDA constituent but pulled out of the grouping to demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh that was bifurcated and Telangana carved out of it in 2014.
The bifurcation is said to have caused huge financial and resource losses to Andhra as capital Hyderabad and IT city Cyberabad went to Telangana.
Naidu said the “BJP has again betrayed the state… and its five crore people” and Modi had failed to keep his own promises.
“After 15 years, first time no-confidence motion was moved by opposition parties. We knew they have majority. But the motion was majority versus morality,” he said.
The Chief Minister said he was “deeply pained” to hear Modi describing Andhra Pradesh’s genuine demand for special category status as TDP’s internal fight with YSR Congress in the state.
He said people of Andhra Pradesh were very angry with the BJP and Modi because their sentiments were being taken for granted.
“People of Andhra are totally disturbed. People are very angry because of injustice done to them,” he said, adding that was what was done to the people of Punjab, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir.
“What happened in Punjab? What happened in Assam? What happened in Jammu and Kashmir? It is only a sentiment. We didn’t deal with it properly.
“You cannot do injustice to our people. But I gave confidence to my people. I told them if you go into destruction mode, agitation mode, we will land up nowhere.
“At the same time, we will work very hard, we will create wealth but we will fight for our genuine demands. For every problem, there is a political situation,” Naidu said.
Naidu said Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh had promised to the bifurcated Andhra that justice will be done and but “it has not been delivered yet”.
“You have to keep up the promises you made.”
He said Modi misled the House claiming he could not grant the special category status because the 14th Finance Commission barred it from doing so.
He said this has been busted by one of its members, Govind Rao, who pointed out that nowhere in the report it was said that special category status cannot be extended to a state.
“You humiliate us. This is not a correct approach.”