Andhra Minister Nara Lokesh said that the comment was "a trailer before the final film on the unholy alliance between YSRCP and BJP."

YSRCP can join NDA and Jagan can be Andhra CM says Union Minister AthawaleFile photo: PTI
news Politics Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:25

Reiterating that the YSRCP could join hands with the NDA-government at the Centre, Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said that YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy could even become the next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a press meet in Hyderabad, Athawale, who is the founder of the Republican Party of India(A), assured Jagan that his party would back the YSRCP, if it chooses to join the NDA. 

“If Jagan joins the NDA, he will have the support of the Republican Party of India. Further, he can also become the CM of AP with the support that we will provide from the NDA. I will also speak to PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah about special status for AP,” the Union Minister told reporters.

Meanwhile, Andhra Minister Nara Lokesh tweeted, “Athawale’s comment about Jagan joining NDA is a trailer before the final film on the unholy alliance between YSRCP and BJP hits the theatres. People are no fools to sit quiet and watch Jagan placing Telugu pride on the feet of BJP bosses. They will flop the film in 2019!”

In April this year, Ramdas triggered a controversy after he appealed to the TDP to rejoin the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), failing which he said that the BJP could ally with YSRCP.

He also defended the various charges of corruption, disproportionate assets and money laundering faced by the YSRCP leader, saying that it was yet to be proved.

"The Congress party had brutally disturbed Jagan [with cases] after he quit the party. He wanted to become the Chief Minister of the State then, but the Congress did not accept that," he had said.

He also said that Jagan was popular as he was the son of late Andhra Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy.

In March this year, the TDP pulled out of NDA to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.

He also accused the NDA government of failing to implement provisions made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.


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