Chandrababu Naidu meets Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Apr 05 2018
Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu arrived in New Delhi late Monday night to meet Parliamentary Party leaders of all non-BJP partiesto gain support for the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government.
He met NCP Sharad Pawar, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and K.C. Venugopal, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O'brien.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday, the TDP chief accused the BJP-led NDA government of playing with the emotions of people of Andhra Pradesh. "Our people are totally annoyed", said Naidu. However, it was Chandrababu Naidu's long chat with sidelined BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi that set tongues wagging. This issue was also discussed during Chandrababu Naidu's meeting with the opposition leaders. According to party leaders, Naidu had secretly met some Supreme Court judges in Delhi, with whom cases pertaining to Naidu were pending. "Ours was a pre-election alliance and it was a collective mandate that we got", he said.
The Modi government has been "magnanimous" to the state to the extent that many states have asked it why it was giving so much to one state, he said. "People had therefore punished the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh".
He informed them about the injustice meted to Andhra Pradesh by the Central Government.
The NDA has turned a blind eye to my 29 trips to Delhi and innumerable appeals for support for infrastructure development in AP - create hubs for IT, education, Health, automotive and also agri-processing, fish, and aquaculture, he said. I waited for four years.
The Andhra Pradesh chief minister's Delhi visit is also likely to boost the chances of building a federal front to take on the BJP in 2019.
Naidu also had a "fruitful meeting" with Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders on the opposition strategy followed in Parliament which helped the TDP garner support from other parties. That is why you are not supporting Andhra Pradesh? Since March 16, the TDP has unsuccessfully tried to move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha that hasn't been taken up because of lack of order in the house. "We don't even attack our erstwhile friends in unfriendly manner", he said.
"We are deeply pained with our erstwhile partner TDP leaving the alliance, " said Union HRD Minister and Party Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar in a joint press conference here.
Reiterating the Centre's commitment towards the development of Andhra Pradesh, Javadekar ridiculed Naidu's politics.