Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his poll pitch during a high voltage campaign in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur. After inaugurating the Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility of ONGC in Andhra Pradesh, PM Modi addressed a BJP rally where he launched a scathing attack on the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, saying the CM promised to develop the state infrastructure but ended up in focusing on his own wealth creation.
PM Modi made a brazen attack on Naidu by calling him a betrayer who had back-stabbed his father-in-law NTR to gain political mileage. While addressing public rally in Guntur, PM Modi questioned Naidu for bowing down before the “namdaars” while calling him “the leader who is known for changing sides.”
This was PM Modi’s first visit to the Telugu state after Telugu Desam Party ended alliance with the NDA last year. Earlier in the day, PM Modi landed in Vijaywada’s Ganna-Varam airport where no minister from Chandrababu’s Cabinet was present.
Meanwhile, accusing PM Modi of breaking his promise to grant Special Category Status to AP, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called for massive protests by TDP workers and the public to oppose the PM’s visit.
TDP, Congress and Left parties have been protesting PM Modi’s visit to the state. Large posters of “No more Modi”, “Modi never again” and “Go Back Modi” were seen on the roads. The TDP party protesters waved black flags and balloons, when a BJP convoy was on its way to the rally spot in Guntur. In some places, protesters also burnt tyres and PM’s effigies.
However, YSRCP and Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy have not taken any stand on Modi’s visit although it was YSRCP which first confronted the Centre over denial of SCS to AP.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister will travel to Tirupur in Tamil Nadu where he is likely to inaugurate Chennai Metro’s AG-DMS-Washermanpet stretch through video conferencing. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is also expected to turn up for the rally and launch a couple of government schemes along with the PM. Modi will end the day in Karnataka’s Raichur where he will address a rally at 6:30 pm.
Here are the highlights from Modi’s speech in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
PM Modi in Guntur: Centre planned IIM and AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh
PM Modi: A central university in Ananthapur, IIM in Visakhapatnam and AIIMS in Mangakagiri have also been planned for the state by the Central government.
PM Modi: Rs 3 crores including logic and manufacturing hubs proposed for AP
PM Modi: Under Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act projects, worth Rs 3 lakh crores including logic and manufacturing hubs and central institutes have been proposed for Andhra Pradesh.
PM Modi: Will come back in power again with the people’s blessings
PM Modi: The activists are slogging “Go Back Modi”. Thanks to them, I will definitely return to power again with the blessings of the people.
PM Modi: State govt never utilised the funds allocated by the Centre
PM Modi: I would like to put a full stop on series of lies. In past 55 months Central govt has released adequate funds for the development of Andhra. However, the state govt never utilized the funds allocated in an efficient manner.
PM Modi: Want to remind Chandrababu Naidu that our aim is to create wealth for nation
PM Modi: I want to remind Chandrababu Naidu that our aim is not to create wealth for ourselves but to create wealth for the nation and to ensure the efficient use of wealth and resources of the nation.
PM Modi: Chandrababu Naidu should give details of his expenses for the people of AP
PM Modi: I have heard that they are now planning to come to Delhi. I would insist that before coming to Delhi they should give the detail of his expenses to the people of Andhra Pradesh.
PM Modi: Chandrababu Naidu is afraid of our govt
PM Modi: Chandrababu Naidu is afraid because our government asks him for the account of his work. He is afraid because he is asked to give record of every single rupee of the taxpayers’ money.
PM Modi: TDP is now supporting Congress Party
PM Modi: The leader of TDP who should have worked for Congress Free India is now supporting the Congress Party.
PM Modi: Andhra CM fixated rise of his own son
PM Modi: CM of Andhra promised the sunrise of Andhra but fixated with the rise of his own son.
PM Modi: Chandrababu Naidu is engaged in his own development
PM Modi: CM of Andhra promised to develop the infrastructure of Andhra but took a U-turn. He promised the redevelopment of Amravati but is now engaged in his own development.
PM Modi: Andhra CM has lost his vision of development
PM Modi: Those who left the people of the country to live in smoke are now spreading the smoke of lies in the country. CM of Andhra Pradesh has also lost his vision of development and has joined them in their competition of abusing Modi.
PM Modi: Our govt gave 13 crore gas connections in just 4 years
PM Modi: The work of providing gas connections was started in 1955. In 60 years, only 12 crore connections were given. While our government gave 13 crore gas connections in just 4 years.
PM Modi: Our govt is working to make India a clean fuel economy
PM Modi: Our government is continuously working to make India a clean fuel economy and several projects have been initiated in this direction.
PM Modi: Over 12 crore LPG connections given across the country
PM Modi: Over 12 crore LPG connections has been given across the country. Under Ujawala Yojna, over 6.25 crore weaker section of women have been given gas connections.
PM Modi: Amravati is called as the “Oxford”
PM Modi: Amravati is also called as the “Oxford” and the youth from different places come here to fulfill their dreams
PM Modi: Centre is investing on oil reserves
PM Modi: Centre is investing heavily on oil reserves to curb fuel crisis. One oil reserve has been made in Visakhapatnam.
PM Modi: Centre has selected Amravati as the heritage city under the “Hriday Scheme”
PM Modi: The Central govt has selected Amravati as the heritage city under the “Hriday Scheme”