'Chowkidar' giving Andhra CM sleepless nights: Modi

GUNTUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, saying he was having sleepless nights as the Centre was seeking an accounting of every rupee given to the state.

Addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally here amid protests across the state, he targeted the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief accusing him of corruption.

"The 'chowkidar' (watchman) is giving him sleepless nights because we insist on seeking account for every rupee given to Andhra Pradesh for its development," he said.

Modi alleged that Naidu had ignored the state's development and joined in the competition to abuse him.

He also slammed Naidu for joining hands with the Congress and other opposition parties.

Modi alleged that Naidu joined the competition by 'Maha Milawat' in abusing him.

"He is using every abusive word from a dictionary against me. He is insulting the great culture of Andhra," said the Prime Minister.

Modi said Naidu had promised to turn around the infrastructure of Andhra Pradesh but instead he took a U-turn.

"He wanted to make Andhra a sun-rise state but is busy in son-rise by promoting his son," said Modi, who was on his first visit to Andhra after the TDP pulled out of his government last year, accusing the Prime Minister of not fulfilling the promises of Special Category Status and other commitments made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014.

On Naidu's claim that he is senior to Modi, the Prime Minister said the TDP leader was a senior in losing elections and shattering the dreams of people.

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