VIJAYAWADA: Taking strong exception to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former’s visit to Singapore recently, BJP State president K Hari Babu has condemned the act of the TDP supremo. He wondered why Naidu, who had hailed PM and moved a resolution at the NDA meeting supporting him as PM in 2019 as well, is criticising Modi.
Speaking to the media after releasing a booklet containing an open letter, titled ‘Central Assistance to AP’, written by him, here on Sunday, Hari Babu said, “A CM criticising the country’s PM on a foreign soil is against our democratic culture. No one in the past has done so. We strongly condemn it.”
Hari Babu also included in the booklet the resolution proposed by the TDP chief during the NDA meeting on April 10, 2017, in which Naidu said that India was growing as a powerful nation with development as its agenda because of Narendra Modi, and urged the people of India to make Modi the PM once again in 2019. “But, now, he has taken a U-turn, and we are of the opinion that he had done so only for political gains,” he said and observed that the allegations being made by TDP against the Centre are totally baseless.
The Visakhapatnam MP also sought to know why CM Naidu, who had criticised PM Modi for observing a one-day fast, is planning a similar protest on April 20. “What is the logic in it?” he asked.
Hari Babu found fault with the State government for mobilising people to participate in protests. “District Education Officers (DEOs) in the State have sent messages to teachers and school managements to take part in a bandh. It is nothing but a State-sponsored agitation,” he observed.
In the open letter, the BJP State president also clarified that his party does not have any deal with YSRC as alleged by the TDP. He lashed out at the TDP for teaming up with the Congress while moving its notice for no-confidence motion in the Parliament. “Should we understand that TDP has more faith in the Congress than BJP?” he asked the CM.
BJP was ready to give Rs 16,000 crore for externally-aided projects, but the State was not ready to take it
CS Dinesh Kumar acknowledged that the Centre had given Rs17,242 cr for various schemes to AP in 2017-18, which is 82 per cent higher than the allocation of Rs 9,487 cr in 2016-17
The Centre was ready to implement all the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014
The open letter also contains date-wise details of how CM Naidu changed his stand on SCS