Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday upped the ante against the Centre and accused the BJP of indulging in ‘gimmicks’.
Addressing party leaders at the Telugu Desam Legislative Party meeting held at Amaravati, Naidu urged his party cadre to interact with people and create more awareness on the ‘injustice’ that was meted out to the state.
“Interacting with people is as important as working for them. We need to be more interactive,” he said.
Naidu claimed that the state was faring well despite the bifurcation by the union government.
Stating that the TDP had joined hands with the BJP in the interest of the state in 2014, the Andhra CM also blamed the Congress for the unscientific bifurcation and held both parties responsible.
The party meet was especially politically significant as it came days after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to hold a review meet on the cash for vote case, which had sparked massive political speculation.
Naidu is an accused in the case, with his voice also having been allegedly recorded in a phone call.
On the other hand, the YSCRP is making an all-out attempt to gather voters with its Praja Sankalpa Yatra, a foot march across all districts in the state.
Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan and his Jana Sena party is also planning to undertake a Grama Swarajya Yatra soon.
Despite facing flak from several directions, Naidu remained confident. “No one can do anything to TDP. We are a part of this country and we have rights,” he said.
Naidu attacks Modi
The Chief Minister also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘betraying’ the people of Andhra Pradesh.
“During speeches in Tirupati, Nellore and Amaravati, you have clearly promised to help us and grant Special Category Status (SCS) but you have gone back on your promise,” he said.
“While giving Rs 2,500 crore for a statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, you sanctioned only Rs 1,500 crore for Amaravati. How can anyone construct a capital city with this?” Naidu asked.
Naidu further lamented that the YSRCP had an understanding with the BJP and was not speaking against it.
“Even people in the villages are very aware of what the BJP has done to us and they are also asking why the YSRCP is not questioning them,” Naidu claimed.
He also stated that the TDP would never compromise with anyone and would achieve what is needed for the state.
Urging his party men to work for the 2019 elections, Naidu said, “It is important to take the mandate from the people. For sure, our TDP should come into power during the next elections as well.”
Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP was a key player in the NDA government until it pulled out over the latter’s refusal to accord SCS to Andhra Pradesh and fulfil other commitments made at the time of the state’s division in 2014.