Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, saying he was having sleepless nights as the Centre was seeking an accounting of every rupee given to the state.
The TDP leader, who has to resist the arrogance of the Naamdaars (famous and powerful people) and crush their arrogance is siding with them, Modi said in an apparent swipe at Naidu joining hands with the Congress.
Hours after China expressed its displeasure over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of External Affairs asserted that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India.
Naidu hit back at Modi and said he will return to Gujarat and would "certainly not" retain his prime ministerial post. "I will not keep quiet until my state gets its due".
Naidu was indeed senior to him, but only in losing elections, switching alliances and ditching his father-in-law NT Rama Rao, Modi said at a public rally here.
In Karnataka's Hubballi, Modi mocked the state's Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government as "helpless". He said Mr. Naidu had not initiated any new programmes for the poor but was only putting his stamp on the NDA government's development schemes.
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"The chief minister here is everyone's punching bag".
BJP leaders alleged that people were "thwarted" from reaching the venue in large numbers and said countdown would start for Naidu with Modi's rally at Guntur. Such a helpless government, such a helpless chief minister who is being challenged by anyone and everyone.
"Everyone is involved in saving their seat", Modi said, adding that for the sake of power "MLAs are fighting at hotels and breaking their heads".
Naidu is scheduled to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and also to the Ambedkar Statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan before sitting on the hunger strike.
PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 4,000 crore and a dedicated Doordarshan channel named "DD Arun Prabha" to Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.