Andhra Pradesh

TDP To Join Cong-Led Government

The Telugu Desam Party is not averse to joining the Congress party-led alliance government at the Centre, if such a situation arises, after the 2019 general elections. This was indicated by Naidu at the party’s coordination committee meeting held at Amaravati on Wednesday.

He gave a lot of clarity to the party leaders as to what the TDP would have to do after the 2019 elections.

Disclosing his strategy to the party leaders, Naidu said the TDP would support the Congress party at Centre to form a government either directly through alliance or extending an indirect support from outside. He told the party leaders that the Congress party should not be treated as an enemy of the TDP anymore, as it was not a major force to reckon with.

“The people had already given a punishment to the Congress party for dividing the state. And they have now realized that the Bharatiya Janata Party is more dangerous than the Congress, as it has not only failed to implement the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, but also deliberately stalling development in the state by denying funds due to us,” he said.

So, for the TDP, the BJP is a bigger enemy at the national level.

“Under any circumstances, we have to ensure that the BJP will not come to power at the Centre again. Since the Congress has little chances of regaining its strength for at least another two decades, we don’t have to worry about it. Instead, we can make use of its support to counter the BJP,” he said.

He said it was for the same reason the TDP had entered into an alliance with the Congress in Telangana Assembly elections.

“We should utilize all opportunities to defeat the BJP,” he said.

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