Former National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partner Telugu Desam Party (TDP) adopted a resolution yesterday to seek realignment and unity of like-minded political parties for ensuring that incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not come back to power in next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Moving this resolution at the party’s annual Mahanadu (conclave) in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh’s finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said it has become imperative now for regional and national like-minded political forces to unite so that BJP can be ousted from Parliament in 2019.
Yanamala likened PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to dictators Hitler and Mussolini, saying the way they are using state machineries like CBI and even the judiciary to suppress political opponents is reprehensible in a democratic country like India.
He said several opposition parties who are otherwise rivals at local levels are willing to join hands to keep BJP away, and the Congress–JD(S) government under HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka is a prime example of this. The way in which the central government is functioning is completely contrary to the spirit of cooperative federalism that our constitution prescribes, says Yanamals’s resolution that was passed unanimously.
During his concluding speech, TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu justified his party’s separation from NDA on the grounds of BJP’s failure to uphold its promise to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. He even slammed BJP chief Amit Shah for seeking an account of how the state had utilized financial resources provided to it by the center. Naidu said TDP will win all Lok Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh next year and stop NDA from coming back to power.