Days after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's scorpion jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister and senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has taken the political war of words to the next level. The minister has called Narendra Modi ‘Anaconda’ – a species of snake – and has accused the Prime Minister of ‘swallowing up’ institutions in the country.
Ramakrishnudu is one of the close aides of TDP chief and Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. ANI reported the state Finance Minister as saying, “Who can be a bigger Anaconda than Narendra Modi? He himself is the Anaconda that has swallowed all the institutions. He is swallowing up institutions like CBI, RBI etc.”
The TDP and the BJP have been engaged in a bitter battle ever since the former walked out of the NDA, citing the central government’s denial of a special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The TDP has alleged injustice to Andhra from the BJP, and the TDP has now teamed up with old rival Congress for the Assembly elections in the state to be held next year.
Yanamala also responded to the criticism against the TDP-Congress alliance. He said, “Every Tom, Dick and Harry is speaking of past politics. Past can't be present or future. But present and future will become past. The critics of TDP should understand this. TDP was not established against any single party. It was founded against the system.”
Every Tom, Dick&Harry is speaking of past politics. Past cant be present or future. But present and future will become past. The critics of TDP should understand this.TDP was not established against any single party. It was founded against system:Andhra FM Yanamala Rama Krishnudu— ANI (@ANI) November 4, 2018
Yanamala is not new to controversy. He was in the news in August after he reportedly got a reimbursement of Rs 2.88 lakh for a root canal surgery in Singapore. However, following flak from opposition parties, including YSRCP, the minister returned the amount to the exchequer.