Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused the Centre of trying to destabilise the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in the state by resorting to intimidation and pressure tactics.
Speaking at the Collectors’ Conference in Amaravati, the TDP president said that the Central government is harassing state leaders by conducting Income Tax (I-T) raids. He alleged that the Centre is doing this to suppress the demands regarding the promises made by the Centre when the state was bifurcated.
“Instead of doing anything about it (assurances), they resorted to I-T raids in a big way in the state to frighten people. The series of I-T raids will result in scaring investors and will hamper the state’s development. If the Centre continues such actions, it is going to pay a heavy price,’’ Naidu said.
Talking about the alleged attempt by the Centre to destabilise the state government, Naidu said he feels there would be more attacks on temples, churches and mosques to create unrest.
He asked state officials to not panic when “sensational incidents” occur in the state. “The Central government has been dumping I-T officials from Uttar Pradesh to conduct raids to intimidate us,’’ Naidu said.
The Chief Minister claimed that the raids are a temporary phenomena. “I have already chalked out my programme on how to face the Centre’s actions. There is a need to make people across the country aware about the Centre’s undemocratic actions. I am confident that people will support me,’’ he said.
Claiming he can handle the Centre’s pressure tactics, he asked state police officers to discharge their duties without any fear.
Speaking about the attack on YSR Congress chief and Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday, Naidu had said that it was aimed at political gain. Naidu had Thursday claimed that the attack was being used by the YSRCP to fan unrest in the state. He had said that the Centre and the BJP had “scripted the attack” on Jagan.
The TDP has been alleging that the YSRCP and the BJP are hand-in-glove.
Naidu said that the man who attacked Jagan admitted that he is a follower of the YSR Congress party and his family members also confirmed this.
Condemning the intervention of the Governor, who directly telephoned the state’s DGP to seek information regarding the attack, the CM said the Governor should have spoken to him.