Added on : 2019-02-10 13:43:35
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu today to inaugurate development projects and kick off the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign. This is the first time the Prime Minister will visit Andhra Pradesh after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) broke ties with the NDA government last year.
Modi’s rally in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) southern campaign where it faces a tall order to increase its footprints in four out of five states.
PM Modi began his speech in Telugu and invoked poet Gurram Jashuva, freedom fighter Vavilala Gopalakrishna and Nayudamma, a doyen of medical science, who all hailed from Guntur.
Here are the top quotes from the PM’s address:
“Guntur is known as Andhra’s Oxford as youth across the country came here to fulfill their dreams and aspirations,” said PM Modi, adding, “The love of people from Andhra Pradesh has been giving me energy to work more for the development of the state.”
Centre govt dedicated three major petrol projects worth thousands of crores in Andhra Pradesh. The govt is taking steps so that even in difficult times, country’s petroleum needs could be fulfilled for month.
Amaravati is the symbol of new Andhra Pradesh and new India.The Central govt has selected Amravati as the heritage city under the Hriday Scheme.
The dedicated projects will provide employment to youths, provides piped gas for households. Our government is continuously working to make India a clean fuel economy and several projects have been initiated in this direction.
Under NDA rule, in last 4 years 13 crore gas connections were distributed under Ujjawala scheme for free.
CM Chandrababu Naidu has taken U-turn on Chandrababu Naidu’s development. His focus is on son rise and not on sunrise of Andhra Pradesh.
CM Chandrababu Naidu is adding stickers to my own welfare and development schemes. He says he is senior to me. Is this what he is supposed to do? I gave him due respect as a senior. You are senior in defections, back-stabbing and architecting opportunistic alliances. He (Chandrababu Naidu) back-stabbed his father in law NT Rama Rao.You are a senior in praising someone at one time and despising them the next moment.
Chandrababu Naidu said he would follow NTR’s foot steps. Is he following him by embracing Congress. NTR fought for mukt Congress, but Naidu is paying grand old party obeisance.Mukt Congress has now become dost Congress for Naidu.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is spending all his time in Modi bashing and not focussing on development of the state,” said PM Modi, adding, “Naidu is scared of losing elections. He is trying to impose his son on Andhra people.
Chandrababu Naidu is going to Delhi tomorrow for photo opportunity. I request him that before reaching Delhi, before abusing me, be accountable on your spending of the public funds.
PM Modi responded to the ‘Modi go back’ posters and banners across the state and said, “I will go back to my position in the next election.”
“Unlike Chandrababu Naidu, I don’t know anything about wealth creation. Amaravati and Polavaram has turned money spinners for Naidu. But , the chowkidar in me will not allow him to loot the state. I am the chowkidar of public wealth,” said PM Modi in Guntur. “I want to remind Chandrababu Naidu that our aim is not to create wealth for ourselves but to create wealth for the nation and to ensure the efficient use of wealth and resources of the nation,”.
“Chandrababu Naidu should treat everyone as his child, and not just his son Lokesh. He is unmindful of the people of the state and busy in imposing his son to the state.
“Our gov. gave more funds to Andhra Pradesh under special package more than what special status would have given it. The special package was hailed by Naidu in the house, but he later took a U-turn on it,” said PM Modi. “I would like to put a full stop on series of lies. In past 55 months Central govt has released adequate funds for the development of Andhra. However, the state govt never utilised the funds allocated in an efficient manner,”.
Projects worth Rs 3 lakh crores including logic and manufacturing hubs and central institutes proposed for Andhra Pradesh. A central university in Anantapur, IIM in Visakhapatnam and AIIMS in Mangakagiri have also been planned for the state by the Centre government.
PM while launching a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh CM, said “Chandrababu Naidu has reserved every foul word available in dictionary for Modi. Is this the culture of the state?”
“There is a father-son government in Andhra Pradesh. However, this father-son govt is going to go, the corrupt forces are going to get defeated in the upcoming polls.
In our culture, a black ‘teeks’ is put to ward off evil eye. The black balloons will do the same for us,” said PM Modi while reacting to TDP protest against his visit. Earlier in the day, PM Modi was greeted with black balloons by the protesters on his arrival to Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada.