Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said Kia Motors set up its plant in the state despite threats by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He claimed that Modi wanted the South Korean automotive major to set up its car manufacturing plant in Gujarat but the firm did not succumb to his pressure.
Addressing an election rally in Srikakulam, Naidu said Kia Motors came to Andhra because of the incentives he offered to the company. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said this at the rally on Saturday night, hours after YSRCP leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy stated that Kia plant came to Andhra Pradesh because of Modi.
Kia Motors has invested $1 billion in the facility which has come up in Erramanchi village in Anantapur district. The state-of-the-art facility, which has come up on 536 acres of land, will manufacture 300,000 vehicles annually.
Condemning Jagan's statement, Naidu said the leader of opposition made all attempts to stall the state's development. The TDP leader reiterated that Jagan has become a puppet in the hands of Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Naidu termed as "lies" the claims made by Modi at an election rally in Kurnool on Friday about the works sanctioned by the Centre in the state. He alleged that Modi betrayed people of Andhra Pradesh by going back on all the commitments.
Launching BJP's campaign for April 11 elections to Andhra Pradesh Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state earlier this week, Modi hit out at the TDP chief for dynasty politics and corruption. He alleged that the schemes in the state were designed for scams.
"I did my best but those in power have no intention to develop Andhra Pradesh," he said targeting Naidu, whose TDP walked out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2018.
Calling Naidu 'U-turn Babu' Modi alleged that there was corruption in developing the new state capital and various other projects.