Perhaps for the first time after the terrorist attack on the CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 jawans were killed, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to own moral responsibility and quit the office. He recalled Narendra Modi’s statement as chief minister of Gujarath in the past against the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. “The same demand applies to him (Modi) now. He should own moral responsibility to the terror attack and quit the post,” Chandrababu Naidu quipped.
The TDP chief is intensifying the attack on his rivals as the general elections are fast approaching. As the notification for the general elections is expected sometime in the first week of March, the Telugu Desam Party chief is intensifying his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his other rivals, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Telangana. The TDP chief is trying to instigate the Seemandhra sentiments in teaming up these three leaders as betrayers of the State, believing that this sentiment would fetch him votes. He is terming Narendra Modi as the prime conspirator against Andhra Pradesh and was supported by Telangana chief minister KCR. He says that Modi is against Andhra Pradesh as it would beat Gujarath in development. So is KCR who doesn’t want AP to surpass his Telangana in development. He accused Jaganmohan Reddy of aligning with these two leaders just for power.
In this fight ahead of elections, Chandrababu Naidu is taking his battle tough against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is painting him as villain for the people of Andhra Pradesh. With a section of the vernacular media supporting him, he had succeeded in projecting Narendra Modi as villain to some extent. Now, he wants to take this to the next level projecting him as devil or evil for the State to cash in on peoples’ sympathy. Though it is a fact that Chandrababu Naidu himself had given up the State’s claim for the special category status and other benefits to the State in alliance with the BJP, he is now trying to shift the blame entirely on the BJP and wash off his hands.
However, it is to be seen if this approach would help him win the votes in this election or prove him wrong.