New Delhi: After meeting a string of opposition leaders in the national capital, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed confidence that political compulsions will bring together all opposition parties to fight against the BJP in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
After meeting the political leaders, Naidu said he will play the role of a “facilitator” in helping evolve a credible alternative. “It is only (because of) political compulsion and in the overall interest of the nation, parties will join together. Some may not join before elections, some of them may join after elections,” he told reporters.
Naidu, a former BJP ally who quit the NDA early this year over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, met BSP chief Mayawati, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the national capital.
“Had a gud meeting wid Sh Chandrababu Naidu ji. Sh Sharad Yadav ji was also present for a while. Discussed national issues. Present BJP govt is a threat to the nation n to the Constitution. People across India will need to join hands to save India n the Constitution,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was victimising those who oppose him, Naidu said income tax raids are being conducted ahead of assembly polls in several states including Karnataka and now in Andhra Pradesh.
“The democracy is in danger. Institutions have collapsed. I don’t want to comment on Rafale deal and the CBI. The ED and Income Tax department are being used against politicians. Tomorrow, they will attack me also. I never indulged in petty politics,” he said.
The minister claimed that since the TDP quit the NDA, the central government is neglecting Andhra Pradesh more and is not releasing funds for development as promised under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
“…Modi should have called the meeting of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Wherever they committed, they should have sorted out. Even sometimes if there were differences, that should have been addressed. That is the role of a PM. Despite that, the PM is creating problems among states. It is very unfortunate,” he said.
Expressing concern over the “economic crisis” under the NDA government, the TDP chief claimed the implementation of demonetisation, GST, growing NPAs and frauds have derailed the economic development and investors have lost confidence.
(With PTI inputs)