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PM stole from Andhra Pradesh and gave it to Anil Ambani: Rahul Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Expressing support for Minister Chandrababu Naidu's daylong fast, on Monday alleged that had stolen from the people of the state and given the money to industrialist

The TDP president's fast, demanding that the Centre fulfil promises made during Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation in 2014 and alleging that the was not following 'raj dharma' by denying the state special status, became a rallying point for various opposition leaders who gathered at the venue to back him.

"The has stolen from the people from and he has given that money to That is the fact of the matter," Gandhi said at Andhra Bhavan in an apparent reference to the fighter jet deal with

The government and Ambani have rejected Gandhi's allegations of corruption in the deal.

"Mr Narendra Modi, wherever he goes, he goes to Andhra Pradesh, he lies about special status. He goes to the North-East, he tells another lie over there. He goes to and he tells another lie over there. He has got absolutely no credibility left," Gandhi said.

In just a couple of months, opposition parties will show exactly what the sentiment in the country is, he said.

"I want to let you know that we are all standing together. We are going to defeat the BJP...," he added.

Gandhi also referred to a report in The Hindu, claiming that critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account were dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between and in 2016 on Rs 59,000 crore deal.

The report, he said, clearly shows that the anti-corruption clause was removed by

"So it is clear that prime minister has stolen in this matter," he alleged.

On Monday morning, Naidu said in his speech,"If you won't fulfil our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self respect of people of "

"Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect,we won't tolerate it. I am warning this government and particularly the PM to stop attacking an individual," he added.

Various opposition leaders, including of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, NCP's member Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress' and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, visited Naidu.

Apart from Gandhi, leaders and also visited Naidu.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 12:45 IST
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