In a remark that could trigger a political row, Andhra Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Saturday likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an ‘Anaconda’ who has been swallowing the national institutions. “Modi has been swallowing institutions like CBI, RBI and others. How could he be a saviour,” said Ramakrishnudu.
He also lashed out at the opposition YSR Congress and Jana Sena, saying they hankered only for power and do not have any responsibility towards the nation. “Those two parties are, hence, supporting Modi who has been destroying national institutions and democracy,” he added.
Reacting to Anaconda remark against Modi, state BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana said TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was the “king of corruption” and fears that his alleged corruption would be exposed now.
“N Chandrababu Naidu is the king of corruption and will stoop to any level. The man who passed a resolution in the NDA meeting in 2017, that Modi should become prime minister again is now trying to portray the latter as a culprit,” said Lakshminarayana.
“All corrupt leaders have formed a group and Chandrababu hastily ran into it. But it will not be possible if they try to loot the country in the garb of politics,” he said. Chandrababu was scared that his corrupt history would be exposed and hence befriended the Congress, he added.
Recently, Chandrababu Naidu met with the leaders of Opposition parties in Delhi to garner support for an all India alliance against the BJP. Naidu said he will play the role of a ‘facilitator’ in helping evolve a credible alternative and said that he is not interested in becoming the Prime Minister.
Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP walked out of the NDA alliance this year over demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.
— With inputs from PTI