Centre threatening to impose President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh, claims CM Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati (AP): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu alleged on Monday that the Centre was threatening to impose President's Rule in the state. He added that nobody would be cowed down by such threats.

He claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a "negative leader" under whose leadership the country was regressing.

Addressing a teleconference with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, he said that the Prime Minister and the BJP had done nothing special for Andhra.

"They say one Union minister will come to the state every week. What good have they done for the state? On top of it, they are issuing threats that President's Rule will be imposed in Andhra Pradesh. There is nobody here to be cowed down by their threats," Naidu said.

Referring to the opposition parties' rally in Kolkata two days ago, the TDP chief said it marked the beginning of the end of dictatorial rule and gave confidence to the people of the country.

"We will hold a similar rally in Amaravati in which leaders of 22 parties will take part," Naidu added.

The TDP chief lashed out at his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, saying they were working under Modi's direction.

The TRS and the YSRC were conspiring to create misgivings among the backward classes so that they are distanced from the TDP, he alleged.

He said the backward communities should unitedly thwart such attempts.

He also strongly criticised the Centre on 19 January, when he was in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district to unveil NTR's 36-foot-tall statue and inaugurate two parks on the death anniversary of the TDP founder. He said that the Centre is yet to reimburse the state's Rs 4,000-crore expenditure on the Polavaram project.

Naidu was accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in his tirade against Modi when she expressed displeasure about the PM's remark regarding the Mahagathbandhan being anti-people.

Updated Date: Jan 21, 2019 17:00:50 IST