Venkaiah Hints At Breaking Ties with TDP Before 2019 Polls
Amaravati: Union Minister for Urban Development, Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu, hinted at reviewing the BJP’s alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh for the 2019 elections. Interacting with the media persons, Venkaiah Naidu said that the party would take a call before the next round of elections on continuing the alliance with the TDP. In the meanwhile, the BJP would try to expand and strengthen its base in the State, he asserted.
The party’s expansion would begin with the meeting of Amit Shah in Vijayawada on May 25. He said that the party leaders in Andhra Pradesh have already formed booth level committees and it would move further to the State level. Reiterating that there is a political vacuum in the State, the Union Minister said that the BJP would fill the gap. He said that the people and leaders were now looking at the dynamic leadership of Modi, who had brought greater image for the country across the world. Several countries were now looking at India as a strong nation, he asserted.
Venkaiah Naidu, who is considered to be the ‘Man in Delhi’ for AP Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, took strong exception to the TDP leaders’ comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for meeting AP Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. He said that those who have criticsied the meeting between Modi and Jagan lack basic knowledge and experience of politics. He wondered how anyone could raise objection to the meeting of Prime Minister with a Leader of Opposition from any State.
Earlier in the day, Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the elite of the city who felicitated him on his election as President of the governing council of the United Nations Habitat. He said he had come up in politics with commitment and dedication to the party and nation as well. He wanted the youth to have similar dedication and commitment and also keep off from corruption. “I don’t have a great parental background. I don’t belong to the Gandhi or Nehru clan. Still, I could make it to the national politics,” he said and wanted the younger generations to follow suit.
Venkaiah Naidu also wanted the people to give another term for Narendra Modi to transform the country into a developed nation. He said seeing Modi as Prime Minister for another term was his wish in the larger interests of the people and the nation.
AP Legislative Council chairman A Chakrapani, Minister Kamineni Srinivas, MPs K Haribabu and G Ganga Raju and others were present.