Chandrababu gives another indication of tie-up with Congress

Andhra Pradesh chief minister outlines objective of winning all 25 parliamentary seats from state and playing a decisive role in choosing next PM

Hyderabad: In an unmistakable indication that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is thinking of a tie-up with the Congress party ahead of the next general elections, he openly voiced displeasure with two of his ministers who had categorically ruled out the possibility of such an alliance.

A day after Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy and another minister Ayanna Patrudu had dismissed the possibility of an alliance with the Congress, Naidu has sought an explanation from them for speaking out of turn on the issue. “How the ministers can say any such thing when they know that the party was yet to discuss it in the politburo. What was the need for them to say such a thing,” he said.

Naidu didn’t take too kindly to the fact that the ministers had made such comments under pressure from media outlets owned by the leader of opposition, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

Naidu said that it was the tradition of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to take the decision about alliance with other parties before the elections. “Our aim is to win all the 25 Lok Sabha seats and play a decisive role in choosing the next prime minister. In such a situation, it is not proper for the ministers to talk like that,” he said.

Earlier, Patrudu had weighed in that the TDP was created on an anti-Congress plank and he did not think that Chandrababu Naidu would consider having an alliance with the Congress. “Congress looted this country. Nothing could be more unfortunate than an alliance with such a party. Even if it happens, I will be the first person to oppose it,” he said.

Krishnamurthy, addressing the media in Kurnool, had quipped: “Alliance with Congress is impossible.”


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