HYDERABAD: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked chief ministers of both the Telugu states during his election campaign. Addressing a public meeting first in Telangana's Mahbubnagar district, Modi questioned Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo K. Chandrashekhar Rao's decision behind prematurely dissolving the state assembly last year and going for early elections.
"He could have saved a lot of public money if the state and Lok Sabha elections were held together now. An astrologer had told him that time to advance the assembly elections, which is why he did it," Modi said and asked the public if it wants the future of the state to be decided by an astrologer. Rao is known among political circles for reportedly believing in astrology and Vaastu.
The prime minister also mocked Rao for not announcing his cabinet for nearly two months after coming to power last year, stating that the latter delayed that also based on the advice of an astrologer. Later in a public meeting at Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Modi also took a dig at AP chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu by calling him "u-turn Babu".
"On 11 April, Andhra Pradesh's sun will rise. The state governments schemes have been made only for corruption. When your Chowkidaar asked questions, the u-turn Babu (Naidu) quit the NDA. And now he is friends with people who ride 'bail-gaadis'," Modi said, and added that Naidu has also been applying the state government's "stickers" on the Centre's schemes.
Modi also critized the TRS and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), saying that the leadership of both parties have tied up for their personal benefits. “We could have done a lot more for Telangana, but the state government does not allow us," he stated, and accused both the Telangana and AP governments of “putting their stickers" on the Centre’s schemes.