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'Ready to Go My Own Way if Not Needed': Chandrababu Naidu's Ultimatum to BJP

File photo of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. (Getty Images)

File photo of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. (Getty Images)

Naidu said he was disappointed by some comments made by state BJP leaders against his government recently and also questioned why the Centre is not granting special status to the state.

Hyderabad: Just a few days after YSR Congress party chief Jaganmohan Reddy created ripples in Andhra Pradesh’s political circles by saying he was ready to go with the BJP in 2019, NDA ally and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has said his party is ready to go its own way if they are not needed anymore.

Speaking to reporters in Amaravati after his return from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Naidu said he was disappointed by some comments made by state BJP leaders against his government recently. He also questioned why the Centre is not granting special status to the state after bifurcation.

“I have controlled my party men. I always tell them not to talk against them (BJP). If a party is in alliance, then one should not talk against each other. It’s not right. But some state BJP leaders are making several comments. The high command should take note or react. But if we are not needed, I fold my hands and we will go our way", Naidu said.

Currently, TDP and BJP have an alliance in both AP and New Delhi. But the relationship seems to have soured in the last four years.

Naidu may have been referring to BJP floor leader in the state Assembly, Vishnu Kumar Raju, who had recently embarrassed the ruling party by saying that YSRCP MLAs who became ministers in the TDP government after defection could resign, contest elections and come back with dignity. He said giving cabinet berths to the MLAs who migrated from the YSRCP was not correct.

The chief minister said he is not worried about Jagan’s offer of alliance for the BJP as he knows the YSRCP chief is “only doing drama”. “Why did he support BJP in the presidential election when he knows the same government is denying special status to the state?” asked Naidu.

Talking about a possible tie-up with the BJP ahead of next year's polls, Reddy had said that he was willing to go with the PM Modi if he was ready to grant special category state status to AP. "If the BJP is ready to grant us special status, we will go with them. The PM can do that in a minute. It is his prerogative," he had said in an interview to News18.

But Naidu was unfazed with the talk. "Last year he said his MP's will resign as a protest against Centre for not granting Special Status. What happened? Nothing. He is only doing drama. He has trying to mediate with BJP for long, nothing new. He only wants to come out of his court cases of corruption,” Naidu said.

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