Guntur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Sunday greeted with heavy protests during his visit to Andhra Pradesh— his first visit to the state since the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of the NDA last year.
Reports said none from Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet was present at the airport to receive him. In their absence he was received by the Governor.
Not only TDP, but the Left and the Congress also joined the protest against Modi’s visit. Large posters of “No more Modi”and “Modi never again” were spotted all across the state.
As PM’s convoy progressed towards the rally spot in Guntur, several TDP protesters waved black flags and balloons. In some places, protesters even burnt tyres and PM’s effigies, said reports.
Modi in his address attacked chief minister Chandrababu Naidu charging him with indulging in corruption while the state suffers.
“One must admire Chandrababu Naidu Garu’s honesty. He says he is a wealth creator! He’s obviously creating lots of wealth for him and his son while AP suffers. We are patriotic Indians…we are only thinking about the nation. Creating wealth is never on our minds,” Modi said.
Taking a dig at TDP leaders for protesting against his visit to the state, Modi said: “I thank the TDP cadre and their leader for wishing what every patriotic Indian also wishes- that Modi goes back to Delhi and once again becomes the Prime Minister! I guess they have read the writing on the wall!”