Narendra Modi playing with Andhra people’s sentiments: Chandrababu Naidu

Vastavam web: Attacking the Narendra Modi government over its alleged failure to fulfil promises made to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today accused it of playing with people’s sentiments.”You are playing with people’s sentiments.It may give you temporary political benefits, but will cause permanent damage to the nation. We may differ in politics, but if it causes damage to the nation, it is not good,” Naidu said.”The Centre cannot arm twist the states. It cannot happen and we will not let it happen,” he asserted.

The Chief Minister displayed video clips of Modi s speeches, made on different occasions, promising not only to honour the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 but also ‘do much more’ to the state.Chandrababu questioned if it was co-operative federalism or Team India spirit to not honour promises made to a state.Noting that he had called for peaceful protests, seeking justice from the Centre, Naidu said the Centre would be happy if there was any violence “because it does not want Andhra Pradesh to develop”.

Lashing out at BJP president Amit Shah once again over the nine-page letter he wrote to him last week, the TDP chief remarked that other states might be in the habit of diverting Central funds, but not Andhra Pradesh.Naidu also came down on BJP national spokesman G V L Narasimha Rao for terming the utilization certificates submitted by the state for the Central grants, as ‘fake’.

“Those who don t even know what is governance are criticizing us. How can he say the UCs are fake?” he asked.”The Centre will try to find fault with us (over utilization of funds), so I have directed my officials to present clear facts,” he added.The Chief Minister pointed out that the economic growth of Andhra Pradesh in the last four years on an average was 10.5 per cent as against the national average of 7.4 per cent.

“Had the government at the Centre implemented the (Reorganisation) Act, we would have grown by 12 to 13 per cent. That would have led to growth in income and eradication of poverty,” he noted.