- N Balakrishna attacked PM Modi in Chandrababu Naidu's presence
- The BJP has demanded action against the legislator for his remarks
- N Balakrishna is actor and Telugu Desam founder NT Rama Rao's younger son
Launching a sharp attack on PM Modi in the presence of Mr Naidu at an event in Vijayawada, N Balakarishan, an actor-turned-politician and younger son of legendary actor and TDP founder NT Rama Rao, said: "Modiji, Andhra Pradesh is not Gujarat. Your hukumat (rule) doesn't work here. The Telugu people are courageous. They showed their power when the Congress government in Delhi tried to pull down NTR government in 1984."
He was speaking at an event organised by Telugu Desam Party on the occasion of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's birthday, where he observed a one-day hunger strike to protest against the 'centre's non-cooperation with the state'.
"Not only are the people of Andhra but the entire India is against you right now. I am telling now that you are a gaddar (traitor), a namak haram (cheat). Come outside and meet people. Talk to them or they will chase you, beat you, wherever you go. You cannot escape even if you go and sit in a bunker," he said, adding that the "war has begun".
The TDP, once the BJP's biggest ally in south, had pulled out of the government last month over the special status issue. Mr Naidu's party also tried to bring a no-confidence motion against the government but it could not be taken up due to repeated adjournments in parliament.
Special status entails a host of economic benefits and central grants, which is given to disadvantaged states. The demand has been a big issue ever since the bifurcation of the state which led to creation of Telangana in 2014. Mr Naidu said Andhra Pradesh was promised a special category status, but the central government refused to deliver on the assurance made in parliament.