VIJAYAWADA: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded action against senior Telugu actor and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator N Balakrishna for using objectionable language while targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A delegation of BJP leaders called on Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in Visakhapatnam and urged him to take serious note of the language used by Balakrishna.
The BJP delegation, led by Vishnukumar Raju, submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding action against Balakrishna.
AP CM Naidu's brother-in-law&party MLA Balakrishna talks like a lunatic.What is the kind of language he uses? Does he have sense? I think he has to be treated for mental illness. He has to be expelled from the party: Sudhish Rambhotla, BJP on TDP's Balakrishna comments on PM Modi pic.twitter.com/UKtyR7CPa9— ANI (@ANI) 21 April 2018
Balakrishna on Friday described Modi as a "gaddar" (traitor) and "namak haram" (cheat) for going back on the promise of granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh. He also used some more unparliamentary words, evoking strong condemnation from BJP.
Traitor, 'namak-haraam', come out & face people, they'll beat you up & make you run. No matter where you go & hide, even if you hide in a bunker Bharat Mata will bury you. Rebellion has begun & we'll not stay quiet: TDP MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna on PM #SpecialStatus (20.4.18) pic.twitter.com/nW8kLWqIoB— ANI (@ANI) 21 April 2018
The actor, who is a member of state assembly, was addressing a meeting in Vijayawada where his brother-in-law and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu took up day-long fast to protest against the Central government for doing injustice to the state.
Balakrishna, younger son of legendary actor and TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao, spared no words in targeting Modi.
Reminding the Prime Minister's past as a tea-seller, the TDP leader said Modi had treated Andhra Pradesh like a fly struggling for survival in a cup of hot tea.
"Instead of rescuing it, he chose to take into his mouth and chew it. He is a 'makhi choos' (fly sucker)," he said.
He predicted that the BJP would not win even a single seat in Andhra Pradesh in the next elections.
"You are trying to play Sikhandi (an eunuch character in Mahabharata) politics by taking the help of our rivals to attack the TDP. But your cheap politics won't work here. You cannot succeed in your attempts," he said.
"If you have heart, you should listen to the heart beat of the Telugu people. Not just Andhra, entire India is against you. The time has come when they will beat you repeatedly and chase you, wherever you go. You cannot escape even if you go and sit in a bunker," said Balakrishna.
The actor also accused Modi of trying to gain grip over Andhra Pradesh as he had done in Gujarat.
"But remember Modji, Andhra Pradesh is not Gujarat. Your tricks do not work here. The Telugu people are courageous. They showed their power when the Congress government in Delhi tried to pull down NTR government in 1984."