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Addressing election rallies in Prakasam district, Naidu lashed out at Modi, saying, "He is murdering democracy and ruining institutions."

 In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he is like a "dreaded terrorist" who has no humanity left in him.

Addressing election rallies in Prakasam district, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President said Modi has become a dictator. 

"He is murdering democracy and ruining institutions," said Naidu.

For a second consecutive day, the TDP chief slammed Modi for using central agencies to target TDP leaders. "IT raids are being conducted on our leaders. He is also misusing CBI, ED and RBI against us for demanding justice for the state," he said.

Naidu was referring to police raids conducted on the residence of his close aide and Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh in Kadapa district. On Friday, condemning the series of raids on party leaders, Naidu along with his supporters staged a sit-in at Ambedkar statue in Vijayawada. He said Modi was isolating him for raising his voice against the injustice meted out to the state.

He also lashed out at the Election Commission for shunting out Chief Secretary A C Punetha. "I am asking what mistake he committed that you have transferred him?"

The EC had transferred Punetha for allegedly defying its order to transfer three top police officials. The poll panel appointed L.V. Subrahmanyam, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1983 batch, as the new Chief Secretary.

Naidu also reacted angrily to Modi accusing him of corruption in the construction of Polavaram and calling the project ATM for him. 

"He thinks the project can't be completed without the Centre's help. Whether the Centre extends its help or not, we will complete the project," the TDP chief said.

Elections to 175-member state Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.

 

IANS inputs