Vijayawada: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join him in a debate on debts and loans. He defended Telugu Desam Government by saying that it brought loans for the development of AP State, which is visible, and refuted allegations about misuse of funds. He mentioned that in other States such as Karnataka, the Chief Secretary has been reporting to the CM but the conditions are different in AP State and claimed that the CS has to brief him as he is the CM of AP State and the CS is working under him in the government system.
Mr Naidu alleged that the Election Commission has been showing bias towards PM Modi by allowing him to conduct reviews but has been stopping him from doing reviews in AP despite prevailing emergency conditions due to dry conditions and Fani cyclone. He said that EVM troubles in the elections in many places gives suspicion about glitches in the EVMs. The AP CM stated that he will continue his fight against EVM usage in the election as EVMs can be manipulated and controlled through remote controls.
Stating that it is a democratic compulsion to unseat Mr Modi, Mr Naidu said that the Mahakutami (Non-BJP grand alliance) will meet on May 21 to come to a consensus on the PM candidate. He condemned the remarks of Mr Modi on Opposition leaders that they are ready with new clothes for the PM post and they will be forced to tear them after May 23.
He opined that being a Prime Minister, he should not have commented like that. Mr Naidu stressed the need for a countrywide debate on EVMs. He said that people have several doubts over the functioning of EVMs.
The CM said that EC has been adopting a partisan attitude towards the Opposition-ruled states. and has been trying to create hurdles in administration.
He questioned that when there is no objection for reviews conducted by the Prime Minister on cyclone, after the NCMC meeting, why there should be an objection for reviewing administration of Chief Ministers in Opposition-ruled states.
CM Naidu said that the EC failed to object when Modi conducted a Cabinet meeting. He expressed surprise why the election code does not apply to PM Modi when he is freely violating the election code through his election speeches. He said that the EC has failed to act though 23 Opposition parties and filed 40 complaints against violation of election code of conduct.