Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that his Telangana state counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao had provoked sentiments due to which the Congress-led Mahakutami had lost in the just-concluded Telangana state elections.
He also said there was no scope for a third front at the Centre, apparently hitting at the attempts of Mr Rao for a federal front.
Mr Naidu said that efforts for a Third or Federal Front are to benefit Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly in the future.
Talking to TD leaders in a teleconference, on Wednesday, Mr Naidu said that former Congress president Sonia Gandhi had promised special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh if voted to power in 2019 in the Medchal meeting and Mr Rao had used it to invoke sentiment.
He said that initially, the TRS had also agreed for SCS to Andhra Pradesh and later made a U turn.
He found fault with YSRC cadres and leaders for celebrating the TRS victory in Telangana.
He also came down heavily on MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s offer of help to YSRC chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
He asked if Narendra Modi had mediated between Mr Owaisi and Mr Jagan for their friendship to blossom.
Mr Naidu added that they were all working to the diktat of Mr Modi.
He also said that India had started rejecting Mr Modi and his leadership and the results of the five states was the best example for this.
In three states the BJP lost power and in two states, regional parties formed the government, rejecting the BJP.
The Chief Minister also said that people in Andhra Pradesh were happy and satisfied with the TD government and should also ensure that they are happy with the party.
He asked them to get into election mode with election mission 2019. He asked party leaders to be ready to face polls whenever these are held. He also said that contesting candidates will be announced well in advance....