#Dangal2019: Kia Motors set up plant in Andhra despite Modi’s threats: Naidu

Models pose next to KIA motors's SP Concept car at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb.7, 2018. The biennial automobile exhibition opens to public Friday and runs till Feb.14. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said Kia Motors set up its plant in the state despite threats by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He claimed that Modi wanted the South Korean automotive major to set up its car manufacturing plant in Gujarat but the firm did not succumb to his pressure.

Addressing an election rally here, Naidu said Kia Motors came to Andhra because of the incentives he offered to the company.

FILE – In this April 29, 2011, file photo, the logo of Kia Motors is seen on a car displayed at a showroom in Seoul, South Korea. Kia Motors Co. said Thursday, April 27, 2017, it will invest $1.1 billion in India to build its first plant in the world’s fifth-largest auto market. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said this at an election rally here Saturday night, hours after YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy stated that Kia plant came to Andhra Pradesh because of Modi.

Condemning Jagan’s statement, Naidu said the leader of opposition made all attempts to stall the state’s development.

The TDP leader reiterated that Jagan has become a puppet in the hands of Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

Naidu termed as “lies” the claims made by Modi at an election rally in Kurnool on Friday about the works sanctioned by the Centre in the state. He alleged that Modi betrayed people of Andhra Pradesh by going back on all the commitments.