By blaming it on the Centre for the recent controversy over Polavaram tenders, Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has definitely rubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in the centre and more particularly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the wrong shoulders.
According to sources from Delhi, Naidu reportedly sought an appointment with the Prime Minister and finance minister Arun Jaitely, before leaving for his South Korea tour on Sunday.
He thought he would put the records straight and explain to Modi why he had to go in for fresh tenders for Polavaram and seek the Centre’s cooperation in completing the project at the earliest.
He also wanted to give an explanation to the BJP leaders on his comments on the relationship between the two parties.
However, Modi is learnt to have flatly refused to give appointment to Naidu on the pretext that he was busy with campaigning in Gujarat.
Apparently, he got the inputs from central intelligence sources about the whole Polavaram fiasco and the irregularities in the tendering process.
He realised that Polavaram could not be completed on time and that Naidu was trying to throw blame on the centre for the same.
In the meantime, the Centre sent copies of the letter written by the water sources ministry official to the state to all the state BJP leaders, who stepped up the attack on Naidu.
And that made the life of Naidu miserable!