Vishakhapatnam, Telegu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destruction of constitutional entities at all levels-political, corporate or media- and acting as if people had given him a mandate for ever.
As the state heads towards April 11 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the TDP chief told UNI,”Mr Modi has misused all constitutional entities, be it Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax or the Reserve Bank of India.Violating constitutional guidelines and threatening democracy, he behaves like a permanent Prime Minister.’
Mr Naidu urged the people to be aware of all the ‘anti’-people policy decisions of the Modi government and said there was a nationwide consensus to vote him out.”There used to be ideological compulsions for the opposition parties but this time there is also a democratic imperative. There is a uniform wave across the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to get rid of the present dispensation at the Centre,’ Mr Naidu alleged.
Averring that the Prime Minister lacked ethics and values of a statesman, magnanimity and tolerance, the TDP supremo said that Mr Modi’s regime had created an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance during its tenure.
The Chief Minister asserted that Income Tax officials should not act at the dictates of the Modi government which was not a permanent dispensation.
U-turn: Mr Naidu also told UNI over phone that he staged a protest at Ambedkar statue at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram at Vijayawada yesterday against the harassment of TDP leaders by the Centre through IT raids.The Modi government colluded with Yuvajan Shramik Ryutu Congress Party leader Jaganmohan Reddy in a vendetta against him, Mr Naidu alleged.
The TDP leader said it was ‘unfortunate’ that Mr Modi had called him a U-turn CM.’Who has taken a U-turn? You have taken U-turn, not me. I am a straight man. Why I had joined with you because in Tirupati you promised special status for Andhra and implementation of provisions of the bifurcation act.’
Mr Naidu affirmed,’ I waited and visited him and other ministers 29 times, they all ditched me. They have done injustice to the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is very unfortunate for him to talk like that. He has taken U-turn, not me.’
Taking a swipe at Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah accusing the opposition alliance of not having any Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr Naidu said he did not give much credence to these views. ‘Who is Amit Shah? Nobody knew him before 2014.’