BJP seeks action against Balakrishna for verbal attack on Modi

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Vijayawada, April 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday sought action against senior Telugu actor and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N. Balakrishna for using objectionable language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’.

A delegation of BJP leaders met Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in Visakhapatnam and urged him to take serious note of Balakrishna’s remarks.

Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP legislator Sudhish Rambhotla said “Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister  Naidu’s brother-in-law&party MLA Balakrishna talks like a lunatic.What is the kind of language he uses? Does he have sense? I think he has to be treated for mental illness. He has to be expelled from the party”.

The delegation, led by Vishnukumar Raju, handed over a memorandum to the Governor seeking action against Balakrishna.

Balakrishna on Friday termed Modi as a “gaddar” (traitor) and “namak haram” (cheat) for going back on the promise of granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh, news agency IANS reported.

Besides this, the politician also used some more unparliamentary words, evoking strong condemnation from the saffron party.

Balakrishna came up with these remarks while addressing a meeting in Vijayawada where his brother-in-law and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu staged a day-long hunger strike to protest against the Centre for doing injustice to the state.

The actor, who is a member of the state assembly and younger son of TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao, left no words in attacking the Prime Minister.

Referring to Narendra Modi’s past as a tea-seller, the TDP leader said Modi had treated Andhra Pradesh like a fly struggling for survival in a cup of hot tea.

“Instead of rescuing it, he chose to take into his mouth and chew it. He is a ‘makhi choos’ (fly sucker),” he stated.

Not only this, he even predicted that the BJP would not clinch a single seat in Andhra Pradesh in the upcoming elections.

“You are trying to play Sikhandi (an eunuch character in Mahabharata) politics by taking the help of our rivals to attack the TDP. But your cheap politics won’t work here. You cannot succeed in your attempts,” Balakrishna said.

The politician further added “If you have heart, you should listen to the heart beat of the Telugu people. Not just Andhra, entire India is against you. The time has come when they will beat you repeatedly and chase you, wherever you go. You cannot escape even if you go and sit in a bunker”.

The actor also accused Modi of trying to gain grip over Andhra Pradesh as he had done in Gujarat.

“But remember Modji, Andhra Pradesh is not Gujarat. Your tricks do not 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.”


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