TDP calls defeat in bypolls a slap for the BJP

People have rejected the anti-people policies of the Modi government, Andhra minister says

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the erstwhile ally of the National Democratic Aalliance (NDA) has described the reversals in the by-elections a slap on the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party’s senior leader and Andhra Pradesh finance minister Y Ramakrishnudu commenting on Thursday’s results in various states, said that BJP’s defeat in two Lok Sabha seats and ten assembly seats clearly shows there was a strong anti-BJP wave sweeping the country.

In a statement Ramakrishnudu said the people had rejected the anti-people policies the BJP government at the Centre had been pursuing for the last four years.

He said that the latest by election result was the third major setback for the BJP as the party had also lost two earlier by-elections. “They are repeatedly receiving blows, but the party leaders are not introspecting about the causes of the defeat,” he said. In a state like Uttar Pradesh the BJP had lost three of its own Parliamentary seats and that should open the eyes of the party.

“The BJP defeat in the Lok Sabha seats (in by-elections) reflects the mood of the nation. The country is against the BJP’s policies and the dictatorial attitude of its leadership,” he said.

Ramakrishnudu said that the anti-incumbency in the BJP had led to opposition unity in the country and the decimation of the BJP which started in Karnataka has now continued in the by-elections. The series of defeats will culminate in the complete wiping out of the BJP in the 2019 general elections and the Modi era would end with these five years, he said.

The TDP leader’s sharp comments against the BJP have come in the backdrop of the party gradually inching closer to the other non-BJP parties to evolve a new front at the national level. Having withdrawn his ministers from the Modi cabinet and parting ways with the NDA in March, TDP President and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had recently met leaders of many other parties in Bengaluru recently to discuss the idea of the new front.


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