TDP, YSRCP can never be compared, Chandrababu Naidu tells Modi

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 21, 2018 Published on July 21, 2018

A file photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, took objections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement in the Lok Sabha on Friday that the TDP fell into the trap laid by its Opposition party, YSRCP.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, he said such statements were not expected from a person sitting on a post such as that of the Prime Minister. 

"He said you are falling in the trap of YSRCP. 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," Chandrababu Naidu said.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said he is one of the senior politicians in the country and it was unfair to compare him with "tainted" people. He said the PM told him that the Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhara Rao, is matured and he (Naidu) is unmatured. "I said the PM is not supposed to use such language," he said. 

He justified the no-confidence motion moved by TDP against the Centre. Chandrababu Naidu said both Modi and his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, had promised to do justice to the State and it was not delivered yet.

"You have to keep up the promises you had made. PM said it is because of the 14th Finance Commission that he's unable to extend support to the State. What are those constraints?," he asked. 

The Andhra Pradesh said that the member of the Finance Commission, Govind Rao, had said that nowhere in the report it is said that special category status cannot be extended to a State. "PM was misleading the House," Naidu alleged.

He said neither Modi nor Home Minister Rajnath Singh took an initiative to sort out the problems of Andhra Pradesh with Telangana. "You humiliate us. This is not a correct approach," he said. 

Naidu said he will continue to work at national level. When asked about the leader of the entire Opposition, he said finding a leader was never a difficult issue for the non-BJP non-Congress parties in the past. 

Published on July 21, 2018
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