Kolkata: 

In considered one of his sharpest assaults at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at present mentioned “the prime minister is a publicity PM, however what we would like is a performing prime minister.”

Talking on the mega opposition rally in Kolkata organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr Naidu mentioned the BJP-led authorities has betrayed the nation.

“5 years in the past, folks gave the mandate for the BJP. They betrayed the nation. They gave slogans. Jan Dhan, mudra mortgage, good governance, good cities, bringing again black cash, two crore jobs, acche din. These are all slogans,” he mentioned.

Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Get together (TDP), which had been demanding a particular class standing for Andhra Pradesh from the centre, walked out of the ruling alliance led by the BJP in March final yr. Regardless of quite a few conferences with the central management, the TDP chief was unsuccessful in getting the popularity for his state.

He began his 13-minute speech by acknowledging the contributions of freedom fighters from Bengal.

“We now have just one ambition. Save India, save democracy. The BJP needs to divide India, we wish to unite India. That is why all of the leaders are right here at present,” Mr Naidu mentioned. He went on to criticise the Modi authorities over the Rafale jet controversy and the notes ban, which he mentioned hit farmers and small merchants arduous. “Even GST is a fraud. Immediately you’re seeing financial development is stagnant.”

Amid allegations that the BJP was making an attempt to destabilise the coalition authorities in Karnataka, the place legislators have been shepherded into resorts to forestall horse-trading, Mr Naidu mentioned the Modi authorities was making an attempt to intrude within the federal setup.

“They’re harassing states. Should you see Kashmir, how they behaved there… Even in Karnataka, it’s an elected authorities however they wish to manipulate and destabilise the Karnataka authorities. They’ll pay a heavy value,” Mr Naidu mentioned. “(Chief Minister) HD Kumaraswamy has rightly talked about simply now they (BJP) are providing big cash to MLAs; they wish to buy them similar to animals.”

The TDP considers the demand for particular standing an emotional problem for the folks of Andhra Pradesh. Simply earlier than it pulled out of the central coalition, it claimed that the BJP had supported particular class standing when it was in opposition, however did not fulfil its promise.

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