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Protests await Modi in Andhra Pradesh

IANS  |  Amaravati 

A day ahead of Narendra Modi's visit to Andhra Pradesh, protests were held at various places in the state on Saturday with protesters raising 'Modi go back' slogans.

Protests were staged in 13 districts of the state by leaders and workers of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Congress, Left parties, student groups and mass organisations fighting for the special category status for

Carrying black flags, they took out rallies and staged sit-ins at different places. Some could also be seen shirtless.

Leaders of the Left parties held protests by smashing empty pots in They also threatened to disrupt Modi's rally in Guntur on Sunday.

Addressing a meeting in the district on Saturday, Minister said Modi had no right to visit the state as he betrayed by not fulfilling the promise to accord special status and other commitments made in the Reorganisation Act 2014.

He called upon the people to register their protests against Modi's visit. Claiming that people boycotted Amit Shah's visit to the district last week, Naidu said a similar situation awaited Modi in Guntur.

Communist Party of (CPI) said Modi had no moral right to visit the state as he did not honour the commitments made in Parliament.

CPI-M leader said party workers would hold protests with empty pots in Guntur to foil Modi's rally. He recalled how Modi had come to the stone laying ceremony of Amaravati, the new state capital, carrying a pot of soil and water and promised all help to the state. "He has gone back on every promise he made," said Madhu.

State said his party would organise protests with black flags across the state on Sunday. He appealed to all political parties to join the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Guntur ahead of Modi's rally. The (SPG) was busy giving final touches to the security arrangements in coordination with the

State BJP alleged that the TDP and other parties were planning to disrupt the rally. He said Modi would expose the TDP government's corruption and counter its false propaganda by highlighting the steps taken by the Centre to help the state during the last four-and-a-half years.

This will be Modi's first visit to Andhra Pradesh after the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA last year.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 17:44 IST
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