Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said that there are many good leaders to lead the alliance of regional parties at the Centre and emphasized that it must be a regional leader, who will head the front.
Speaking to reporters at the Secretariat in Amaravati, Naidu was responding to a question on a political resolution taken up in Mahanadu last week.
Denying that he was eyeing the Prime Minister's post, Naidu said that he did not expect any position despite his understanding of national politics and his long career, spanning four decades.
Naidu also said that Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, Arvind Kejriwal and K Chandrasekhar Rao should all come forward during the formation of the proposed Federal Front and lead the nation.
"I know how to do, what to do and when to do. What I want is good governance. All leaders should strengthen their states. Be it Mamata, KCR or somebody else. I will work as a soldier. I played crucial role in coalition governments. But I am not interested in becoming Prime Minister. Modi speaks of sincerity, but in Karnataka, they opted for all illegal means and tried to buy out MLAs. The defeat of the ruling party in bye-polls yesterday is a reflection of the people's sentiment," Naidu told reporters.
"Whether the Centre cooperates or not, development and welfare activities will not stop in the state. Centre did not cooperate with us in these four years. The centre is indulging in conspiracy politics, in collusion with some parties in the state," he alleged.
He also extended an invitation indirectly to his Telangana counterpart, when he said that it was 'political will' that would solve bifurcation issues, rather than waiting for the Supreme Court to deliver its judgement.
The chief minister also called on the people of his state to highlight the â€˜injusticeâ€™ meted out by the Centre to Andhra Pradesh.