Naidu meets leaders of Oppn parties, BJP allies

Saul Bowman
April 5, 2018

Campaigning in the national Capital, Naidu met key Opposition leaders including Congress' Veerappa Moily, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Naidu, days after the TDP pulled out of the NDA over the government's failure to give the special status category to Andhra Pradesh, said the government kept telling him that that they were not going to give special status to the state because of the 14th Finance Commission.

During his meetings, Naidu, who was one of the prominent leaders during the coalition governments in the 1990s under the United Front and the A B Vajpayee-led NDA government, sought to portray his anti-BJP stance loud and clear as he did not meet any prominent BJP leader. Naidu has met a range of opposition leaders and some NDA constituents. "That is why I took a decision", said Naidu. "He should not go to the extent of saying that the BJP is attacking Andhra", Javadekar said. "This isn't the correct approach", CM Naidu added.

Further bolstering his claims, Naidu played video clips of Prime Minister Modi addressing a rally in Andhra Pradesh, claiming he will grant the special status category to the state if he gets elected Prime Minister during the 2014 General Elections. Even though the Modi government has the numbers to remain safe, Opposition parties are pushing for the motion to send a message to the Centre. We kept silent as ours was a new state.


Sources said that though Mr Naidu blamed the BJP and Congress equally for financial woes of Andhra Pradesh, a channel of communication has been opened by the TDP with the Congress for a possible alliance in neighbouring Telangana where the TDP still has a sizeable vote bank of 15-20 per cent and the Congress is the chief Opposition to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti. Since March 16, the TDP has unsuccessfully tried to move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha that hasn't been taken up because of lack of order in the house. With all four years in NDA, I have done my best.

BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao blamed the Congress for Andhra's plight and warned against the possibility of the TDP aligning with the Congress.

CM Chandrababu Naidu who is now in Delhi tour is taking the national capital by storm.

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