"If they don't want us, we will do the 'namaskaram' and chart our own course," Naidu remarked.

Ready to chart own course TDP chief Naidu tells ally-BJP in AndhraImage: Facebook/Andhra Pradesh CM
news Politics Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 07:34

Amid strains in the ties with the BJP, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said his TDP is ready to chart its own course if the former is not keen to continue with the alliance.

Reacting for the first time to mounting criticism of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) by state leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said it was for the BJP's central leadership to control them.

Talking to reporters, the TDP chief said he was adhering to coalition "dharma" by reining in his party leaders from reacting to their statements. "Because of coalition dharma, we are keeping quiet," said Naidu.

"If they don't want us, we will do the 'namaskaram' and chart our own course," remarked Naidu.

The TDP is coalition partner in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, and the BJP is sharing power with the TDP in the state.

The state leaders of the BJP have been criticising the TDP on various issues. Some of them have even indicated that they were ready to work with the opposition YSR Congress Party.

Naidu's remarks also come close on the heels of YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy's statement that he would support the BJP if Andhra Pradesh was given special status.

In an interview to an English news channel, Reddy said, “Our stand has been very clear. We have been insisting on SCS. It was promised to the people by both the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP. But after coming to power, for reasons best known to (CM) Chandrababu Naidu, SCS has taken a back seat. Deprived of such a status, AP cannot compete with cities like Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad. The infrastructure to match these cities cannot be provided unless there is SCS. Why would anybody come and invest in AP where there is no infrastructure? This is the reason we are very particular about the SCS.”


IANS inputs