Addressing a massive gathering of supporters on the occasion, the PM said that an additional Rs 13,000 crore worth of projects for the northeastern state are in the pipeline. "He is insulting the great culture of Andhra", said the Prime Minister.
The ruling TDP organised protests in various cities and towns in the state Sunday in protest against Modi's visit. The foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni - Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim & Assam was also laid by PM. The BJP lodged a complaint with police seeking action against those who put up the hoardings against the Prime Minister.
The Congress too called for observance of black day on February 10 over Modi's failure to honour the promises made to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation, party sources said.
Reports said similar protests were held in Guntur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts as well.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has accused the TDP government of trying to sabotage Modi's rally by putting up several hurdles including forcing private transporters and college managements to refuse to provide vehicles for transporting people for the rally.
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu threw protocol out of the window and didn't show up to receive PM Modi at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada, underlying that there is no love lost between the BJPand the TDP. "If they try it, the consequences could be serious", the Rajya Sabha member warned.
The prime minister listed out central schemes including recently launched PM Kisan, Ayushman Bharat, Ujjwala Yojana for LPG connection and insurance for workers to counter the opposition's charge that the BJP-led government's policies are not benefitting the people. "We should feel sorry at the TDP leaderships state of mind".
The Telugu Desam Party chief will be on a day-long fast to protest against the alleged non-cooperation of the Centre in fulfilling Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and Special Status to the state.