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Modi survives on publicity: Chandrababu Naidu

Vijayawada, May 27: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday mounted a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he survives only on publicity. A day after the Modi government completed four years in office, NDA’s former ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief described it as a “government of more talk less action”.

Addressing the 34th ‘Mahanadu’ or annual conclave of his party, which began here, he also predicted that regional parties will come to power after the next general elections and that his party will play a crucial role in national politics. The TDP leader slammed the Modi government, saying none of its populist slogans like ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India’ and ‘Standup India’ yielded the desired results. “Has anybody benefited from Modi’s schemes?” asked the TDP leader in his inaugural address at the three-day meet.

He said demonetisation destroyed the Indian banking system and people had to run around the banks to get their own hard-earned money. He alleged that the Goods and Services Tax imposed a burden on the common man. Naidu said people lost confidence in the banking system due to scams.

The Andhra Chief Minister said that Modi faced a public protest in Tamil Nadu for interfering in the state’s politics by using the Cauvery water dispute as an excuse. The Chief Minister also alleged that the central government is taking revenge on Andhra Pradesh for demanding fulfilment of the commitments made by the then government when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to carve out Telangana state. Naidu also claimed that the Modi government tried to take over Tirupati temple under this conspiracy. (IANS)

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