Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishnamurthy on Tuesday accused the BJP of targeting CM N Chandrababu Naidu for questioning the Centre and asked if the national party was threatening to kill the TDP chief.
He was responding to comments made by senior BJP leader Somu Veerraju that there would be a "repeat of the Alipiri incident”.
Naidu had survived a claymore mine attack by Maoists on October 1, 2003 in Alipiri in Tirupati, after they had tried to assassinate the Chief Minister.
The attack was carried out by the People's War (PW), a militant outfit that had been banned by Naidu in July 1996.
"Whatever happened at that time, might happen again in 2018," the BJP leader told mediapersons.
Speaking to reporters in Kurnool, Krishnamurthy questioned Veerraju's comments and asked if the BJP was planning to eliminate any leaders who question the Centre.
"We don't know with what intention he said it, but does that mean you will threaten to kill anyone who questions you?" Krishnamurthy asked.
He also lashed out at opposition parties in the state for backing the BJP.
Dubbing Modi, the 'Master of Destroying India', the Deputy CM said, "BJP cannot threaten opposition parties. We are not going to quit our fight against those who did injustice to the state. YSRCP leader Jaganmohan Reddy is indirectly supporting the BJP to escape the legal cases against him. Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan fell into BJP’s trap."
Meanwhile, Naidu himself claimed that the NDA government was conspiring against him.
“The BJP-led NDA regime is conspiring to target me when I am fighting for justice. I am fighting for all of you people, to safeguard your rights, and ensure the future of our younger generation. I call upon you to be aware of the Centre’s plot, be alert and protect me in case the Centre targets me directly or indirectly,” Naidu was quoted as saying.
Last month, the TDP pulled out of NDA to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.
He also accused the NDA government of failing to implement provisions made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.