Go back Modi! Protests held in Guntur, other parts of Andhra Pradesh
'Modi Never Again' Billboard
Protests were staged across Andhra Pradesh as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on a day-long visit during which he unveiled developmental projects and address a mass rally.
Wearing black dresses and carrying black flags, the protesters took to the streets since early Sunday morning.
In pic: Congress party activists stage protest with black flags in Visakhapatnam.
Raising slogans like "Modi go back", the activists of various political parties, student groups and mass organisations staged sit-ins or took out rallies.
Parties backing the protests
Leaders and activists of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Congress and Left parties also participated in the protests staged in all the 13 districts that called for a Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.
Barring the BJP, YSR Congress and Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan, all parties backed the protests.
Leaders of the Left parties held protests in Guntur. They threatened to disrupt Modi's rally over his "betrayal" to the state.
In pic: TDP party activists stage 'Modi Go Back' protest in Visakhapatnam.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Modi had no right to visit the state as he has not fulfilled his promise to accord the SCS and various other commitments the Prime Minister had made during the state's bifurcation in 2014.
Modi slams Naidu
PM Modi launched a scathing attack on Chandrababu Naidu, saying he has made a "U-turn" on promises of development to the state and only trying to replicate NDA government's schemes.
"Our government gave to Andhra Pradesh much more than what was mentioned in special status. CM of Andhra Pradesh acknowledged this package but took a U-turn as they failed to use the funds in the appropriate way and were not able to develop the state," he said.
Naidu was indeed a senior to him, but only in losing elections, switching alliances and ditching his father-in-law NT Rama Rao, Modi said.
In pic: Modi addressing the people during Praja Chaitanya Sabha' at Guntur of Andhra Pradesh.
Modi's first visit
This is Modi's first visit to Andhra Pradesh after the TDP pulled out of BJP-led NDA last year.