It was in 2016 Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had questioned Congress president Rahul Gandhi for visiting Guntur. He was aggressive at the Congress president for his visit after the bifurcation. He made his party leaders to hold protests and display black badges across the State when the Congress president arrived. The convoy of Rahul Gandhi was stopped by the TDP protesters between Vijayawada and Guntur.
Chandrababu Naidu blamed the Congress for unscientific bifurcation. “Why is Rahul Gandhi visiting Andhra Pradesh? Is he coming to see for himself whether we are alive or dead after the bifurcation?” were the two major questions that Chandrababu Naidu had posed to Rahul Gandhi. The TDP leaders held series of protests across the State with focus on Guntur. The TDP leaders were allowed by the State police to show the black flags to Rahul Gandhi, though the Congress chief had come along with several national leaders, speaking for the special category status to the State.
It was the time when Chandrababu Naidu had given up the demand of the special category status and had settled for the special package. It was the time Chandrababu Naidu was trying to convince people to settle for the special package and give up the claim for special category status. He was also arresting the YSR Congress activists and students for holding protests for special category status.
Two years later, the TDP supremo is posing the same questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all set to repeat the same kind of black badges protest when Modi arrives at Guntur on January 6. Chandrababu Naidu had asked the Prime Minister whether he was visiting Andhra Pradesh to see if people were alive or dead. He blamed the Prime Minister for betraying the people of the State in the last four years.
This time, Chandrababu Naidu and his party leaders are again asking for the special category status and set to hold protests for the same when Narendra Modi addresses a meeting in Guntur. It is to be seen how the people would take him with Naidu changing his stand on the issues in just a matter of two years.