Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was on Monday campaigning for the coming Telangana Assembly election. Addressing a rally in Hyderabad, Naidu blamed the Centre for not keeping the promises it made. He said, “The Central government did not fulfil the promises they made to Telangana. Yet, K Chandrashekar Rao (caretaker CM) is not questioning PM Modi. They are both playing collusion politics.” (Catch LIVE Updates of Election Campaigns Here)
In Telangana, the main Opposition, the Congress, has formed a ‘mahakootami’ (grand alliance) with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) founded by retired Osmania University Political Science Professor Prof Kodandaram and the Communist Party of India.
Speaking at the same rally, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also attacked K Chandrashekhar Rao and said, “You’ve done so much corruption that your name has become Khao Commission Rao. Narendra Modi has ruled Telangana with a remote control, the truth is you (KCR) can’t stand up to him because of your corruption.”
Earlier, Naidu and Rahul had held a joint roadshow in Hyderabad on November 28 and 29.
Naidu has been stressing how there are no ideological differences with the Congress. Recently, he said, “Politically, we (TDP and Congress) are different. The Telugu Desam Party, from the beginning, has been fighting against the Congress and that is a reality. Ideologically we do not have any differences. Ideologically, we have differences with the BJP.”
“But today, there is a democratic compulsion. That’s why there is a necessity to fight against the BJP to save the Constitution and also save institutions,” he said when asked about the decades-old differences with Congress.
He said the BJP had no chance of winning any of the five states which were under various stages of the election process. According to him, the BJP could manage to win only four or five Lok Sabha by-polls in the last 20-odd ones.