The Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu alleged today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using the same tactics he assumed in Tamil Nadu when he had supported OPS faction against the EPS in the dispute between the two factions of the AIADMK party, by opposing YSR’s Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan against him.
Naidu said during a teleconference with his party MPs that “Instead of giving what AP people are rightfully asking, BJP is resorting to using Jagan Mohan Reddy and Pawan Kalyan against us…PM Modi is trying to repeat in Andhra Pradesh what he has done in Tamil Nadu”. It appears that the Andhra Pradesh chief minister was referring to the ‘role’ played by BJP in the dispute between O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami factions in 2017 when the party had divided into two parts after the death of its leader J Jayalalithaa. Naidu also mentioned that there are strong anti-Modi and anti-BJP sentiment in the country and the results of yesterday’s bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were a predecessor of the things to derive – a reference to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“There is strong anti-Modi and anti-BJP feeling across the country. Yesterday’s UP and Bihar by-poll results are an example of that,” the TDP chief said. The saffron party lost the both Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh bypolls yesterday, including the Gorakhpur constituency, which was measured to be a stronghold of BJP, and also failed to grab the two RJD’s seats in Bihar. Prior to this month, the TDP chief shattered ties with the BJP-led NDA government in New Delhi following the Centre denied Naidu-led TDP’s request for a special status for Andhra Pradesh.