Naidu cries war with Centre, to observe fast on April 20


Vijayawada, April.14 (NSS): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today announced he would observe one-day fast on his birthday on April 20 in protest against the hostile attitude of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Chandrababu declared that he would show the power of the Telugu Desam party not only to the BJP government at the Centre but also to the entire nation. Naidu alleged that the BJP government at the Centre has rendered gross injustice to the residual Andhra Pradesh State by not fulfilling its assurances to the State as enshrined in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act of 2014.

“On my birthday on April 20, I will stage dharna from morning to evening and I will hold a public meeting in Tirupati on April 30 so that every house in the State would discuss about the injustice done to the State. The Centre was resorting to corrupt and veiled politics. The BJP or the YSRCP have no status to criticize us. Even a new political party was firing salvos needlessly. They have intentionally called for a bandh to cause embarrassment to the ruling party”, he fumed.

The Chief Minister said they have decided to stage protests peacefully without causing damage to process of development. He appealed to the people to lend cooperation to the State government in the uncompromising struggle against the Centre. An irate Chandrababu said Naidu Prime Minister Narendra Modi was junior to him in politics.
“While I became chief minister in 1995, Narendra Modi took over the reigns of Gujarat State in 2002. The BJP was disregarding the TDP with 25 MPs. With our strength in Lok Sabha, we will dictate terms to the New Delhi. Once I was a king-maker at the Centre. In future also, I will again play a pivotal role in the government formation at the Centre”, he reiterated. (NSS)