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AP CM Naidu Challenges PM Modi For Debate On His Rule's Benefits:- Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a debate on the achievements of Modi throughout his ruling in past four and half a years.
Naidu also questioned Modi whether the country benefited from his rule.
Naidu told reporters that Modi should spell out what was the growth rate achieved by the country under his rule and what the country gained from steps like demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The remarks by the TDP chief came in response to the statements made by Modi in an interview that Grand Alliance had failed and that Naidu was venting his ire over his crushing defeat in recent Assembly elections in Telangana.
Naidu alleged that the country's economy collapsed due to the steps were taken by Modi.
He said the Prime Minister created fear among people and misused the institutions to target his political rivals and the economic and administrative policies of the Centre caused immense damage to the country.
Naidu disagreed to the remark that Grand Alliance had been unsuccessful and said that instead, the National Democratic Alliance government and Modi had failed.
He further claimed that Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were promoting Federal Front mooted by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to divide the opposition.
He said though the Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janta Dal did not say that they were joining Federal Front, Jaitley tried to mislead people.
Naidu asked why Modi was happy over the victory of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana. He said the PM, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, 13 central ministers, and three chief ministers campaigned for BJP in Telangana but it got only one seat.
Recalling that the TRS chief had called Modi a "fascist", Naidu said the Prime Minister's silence over this was itself a proof that they have a secret understanding.
Stating that there is no Federal Front in the country, Naidu repeated that the country has only two fronts - the NDA led by BJP and other parties supporting it, and the Congress and other parties opposed to the BJP.