Amaravati, Jan 1 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate on the latter’s achievements during the last four-and-half years.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President asked Modi if the country benefited in any manner from his rule.
Naidu told reporters that Modi should spell out what was the growth rate achieved by the country under his rule and what the country gained from steps like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The TDP chief was reacting to remarks made by Modi in an interview that Grand Alliance had failed and that Naidu was venting his ire over his crushing defeat in recent Assembly elections in Telangana.
Naidu alleged that the country’s economy collapsed due to the steps taken by Modi. He said the Prime Minister created fear among people and misused the institutions to target his political rivals.
He alleged that the economic and administrative policies of the Centre caused immense damage to the country.
He did not agree that the Grand Alliance had failed and remarked that instead, the NDA government and Modi had failed.
The Andhra CM claimed that Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were promoting Federal Front mooted by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to divide the opposition.
He said though the Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janta Dal did not say that they were joining Federal Front, Jaitley tried to mislead people.
Naidu asked why Modi was happy over the victory of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana. He said the PM, BJP President Modi, 13 Central ministers and three chief ministers campaigned for BJP in Telangana but it got only one seat.
Recalling that the TRS chief had called Modi a “fascist”, Naidu said the Prime Minister’s silence over this was itself a proof that they have secret understanding.
Stating that there is no Federal Front in the country, Naidu reiterated that the country has only two fronts — the NDA led by BJP and other parties supporting it, and the Congress and other parties opposed to the BJP.