Opposition unites at TDP protest, Naidu accuses Modi of not following ‘raj dharma’

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu sat on a day-long fast in the national capital, seeking special status for his state. However, this turned out to be rallying ground for launching tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Written by Newsroom Staff February 11, 2019 19:00

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu sat on a day-long fast in the national capital, seeking special status for his state. However, this turned out to be rallying ground for launching tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Naidu accused PM Modi of not following ‘raj dharma’ by denying the state special status. Also, issuing a warning, he said, Modi would be given a befitting answer if he makes personal attacks against the people of his state.

“(Former PM) Atal Bihari Vajpayee said ‘raj dharma’ was not followed in Gujarat (during the 2002 riots). Now, ‘raj dharma’ is not being followed in the case of Andhra Pradesh. We have been denied what is rightfully ours,” Naidu said.

The TDP chief said the party was denied permission to stage a protest in Parliament premises. “So, we came here”.

Naidu was joined by other opposition leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien and, perhaps a tad surprisingly, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Kejriwal’s insulting remarks against PM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who also joined Naidu’s day-long fast took a caustic jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged that he treats non-BJP ruled states as if he is Pakistan PM.

“When a person becomes Prime Minister, he becomes Prime Minister of the entire country and not just of a particular party. The way PM Modi treats the governments of the non-BJP ruled states, it seems like he is Prime Minister of Pakistan, not India,” Kejriwal said.

The TDP had pulled out of the NDA government over its refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. Naidu has been trying to unite opposition parties to take on the BJP in the general elections.

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