Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu was feeling so depressed that the BJP had let him down by not cooperating with him in stalling the introduction of the bifurcation bill, that he almost wept during his interaction with the media here on Wednesday.

Mr. Naidu, who had earlier inched towards the BJP, has now said he will go by public mood in forging an electoral alliance with the party. Mr. Naidu’s press conference was held shortly after N. Kiran Kumar Reddy stepped down as Chief Minister.

He will finalise the action plan after the conclusion of Parliament on Friday. “But who will undo the damage (now that the Bill is passed in Lok Sabha),” he remarked with a sense of remorse. The TDP president expressed dismay that the national parties had ignored him because he did not have the numbers to influence the course of the Bill. He said he had unsuccessfully explained to the BJP leadership that the party must reject the Bill. “How did the BJP allow powers for the Governor to handle law and order in Hyderabad without a Constitutional amendment?” he asked.