AP CM Chandrababu Naidu addressed national media in Delhi this afternoon when he made a no-holds-barred, 360 degree attack on Prime Minister Modi’s leadership. Naidu expressed concern that India’s democracy, secularism, economy and industrial development are all under threat because of Modi’s narrow-minded, dictatorial and victimising nature of leadership.
Naidu deplored that all politicians, regional parties, industrialists and investors are being targetted and threatened now if they are supporting any party other than BJP. Modi government is using CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax departments to harass everybody who is opposing BJP or who is sympathising with other parties.
AP CM lamented that all the systems and institutions built over decades in the country were now collapsing one by one because of victimising approach of Modi. CBI is the immediate example of this collapse, for which only PM Modi should be answerable to the people of India for bringing disrepute to such a top level organisation.
Naidu said that a feeling of being betrayed is sweeping across all sections of Indian society because of the BJP’s utter failure as a the single largest ruling party at the Centre these four and half years. The people are realising now that only coalition governments with participation of various regional allies delivered better than single largest party governments at the Centre, he added.
National media posed a variety of questions to Naidu during his prolonged media conference. They questioned him about TDP government’s failure in attack on Opposition leader Jagan in Vizag airport. Naidu explained that it was a small incident that took place in exclusive jurisdiction of Central government forces ie CISF where local State police have no role to play. Yet, Jagan tried to make use of the incident to take political advantage. BJP leaders GVL Narasimha Rao and Kanna Lakshminarayana spoke in favour of imposition of President’s rule.
Naidu said that it all looked like a joint strategy planned by Jagan and BJP leaders to destabilise and remove TDP government in AP. It was aimed at bringing in BJP’s Central rule in the state through the back door. Modi government is sadly encouraging this sort of unhealthy political practices which will damage overall prospects of country in the long run.
Naidu said that Modi has brought Rakesh Asthana as special director into CBI from Gujarat who is responsible for so much damage done to CBI now. Naturally, it is Modi who has to answer to the nation for this monumental shame. It is just tip of the iceberg. Modi government is misusing CBI, IT and ED staff to conduct massive raids all across India where there is political opposition. These raids were carried out in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and so on.
As many as 19 IT teams were sent to AP recently to target TDP MPs and leaders. IT officials from Uttar Pradesh were being brought with specific instructions to create all possible problems for TDP leaders. This sort of victimisation has never been there before, he added.
Naidu said that economic slowdown happened in India now because of improper and biased implementation of demonetisation and GST by Modi government. There is no impartiality and transparency. Every system is misused and abused to politically target rival parties leaders under Modi leadership. This has forced me to come out and fight back as part of my minimum responsibility as a dutiful citizen of this country, said Naidu.
He accused Modi government of trying to dislodge ruling TDP in AP by using Governor’s report on Jagan attack case. Governor Narasimhan crossed his limits and directly spoke to local authorities in order to create problems for TDP government.
Naidu said it is all a kind of vicious circle that is operating the country under the BJP now. Because of this, the people of India are in grave danger. Team Modi is forgetting the fact that they are part of a democracy which is not good for themselves and for the country, he added.