New Delhi, Jan 28: Days after Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena decided to break alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and go solo in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP National President N Chandrababu Naidu also hinted at breaking alliance with the ruling party. “If they don’t want an alliance, we will do the ‘namaskaram’ and chart our own course,” Naidu remarked.
He was addressing a press conference and responding to a question on the critical remarks made by some BJP leaders against his government over the last few days.
“I am controlling my people as well and I will continue to control them. I even warned one of our leaders yesterday when he tried to raise the Tadepalligudem issue (related to a dispute between Endowments Minister P Manikyala Rao of the BJP and local TDP leaders),” Naidu asserted.
The TDP is coalition partner in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, and is sharing power with the TDP in Andhra. 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.
(With inputs from agencies)