Vijayawada, Jul 31 : A Telugu Desam MP today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, accusing him of trying to “suppress” N Chandrababu Naidu, the party President and Chief Minister. “Chandrababu has emerged as the main enemy to Modi. Hence, Modi is trying to suppress Chandrababu, I personally feel,” Anantapuramu MP J C Diwakar Reddy remarked. Also Read - India Set to Rollout World’s Biggest Vaccination Drive Today, 3 Lakh Health Workers to Get Shots on Day 1
“In future, BJP may emerge as the single largest party but Modi cannot form the government (at the Centre) on his own. “There are only two kingmakers now, Chandrababu Naidu and (Bihar CM) Nitish Kumar. The national parties have lost their moorings,” Diwakar Reddy told reporters after a meeting of TDP parliamentary party here. “What are rules and regulations If the Prime Minister decides, anything can be done,” the MP said, referring to the grant of special status to AP. He said “divorce” between TDP and BJP was inevitable sooner than later. (ALSO READ: Wish Narendra Modi had mentioned Kashmir situation in Mann Ki Baat: Omar Abdullah ) Also Read - Income Tax, Merger of More Banks: Here’s What to Expect From First ‘Paperless’ Budget 2021
“I told Chandrababu a year ago that we can’t live with the BJP. We have to divorce,” the TDP MP observed. Separately, TDP MLC Budda Venkanna alleged the Prime Minister was adopting a “vengeful” attitude towards the State as Naidu had castigated Modi (then Chief Minister of Gujarat) after the 2002 Godhra riots. Also Read - PM Modi to Launch India's Vaccination Drive on Jan 16 | This is What Centre Has Planned
“Only because Chandrababu had been critical of him in the past, Modi is now seeking vengeance and denying special status to AP,” he added. He also criticised the AP BJP leadership for remaining silent over the special status issue. “The TDP should immediately sever ties with BJP,” Venkanna demanded. TDP and BJP are allies in the state and also at the Centre.