Venkaiah sure of clear majority for NDA

We don’t need any post-poll support, he says. He wanted the Election Commission to work better to further check the distribution of money and cheap liquor.

May 04, 2014 07:07 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 08:18 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

Emphasising that BJP has always been clear on its stand on Telangana, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said the other parties have kept quiet in Parliament and only BJP saw to it that the interests of Seemandhra are protected.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he shot off questions to YSRC countering its charge that Congress, BJP and TDP were responsible for bifurcation.

He said in 2004 Congress tied up with TRS, and TRS was a coalition partner in the governments of Congress at the Centre and the State, Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy had sent a delegation of 40 MLAs to the then NDA government to create Telangana and later in the Assembly he had committed himself to the creation of Telangana and YSRC also stated that the State should be divided as per Article 3.

Lambasting YSRC, Mr. Naidu said, “we are not the accused, you’re the accused.”

In the post-election scenario, KCR and Congress would come together in Telangana, the BJP leader said citing the Congress extending support to Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi. On Y. S. Jagamohan Reddy’s reported statement that he would extend to any government at the Centre, he said, “We are getting clear majority. We do not need anybody’s support.”

‘No sentiment’

Where is the sentiment?” he asked answering a question on why this election would be fought on development plank since all the poll battles since 1983 centred on emotion or welfare measures. However, everybody was concerned about development since it was centred round Hyderabad till now.

He wanted the Election Commission to work better to further check the distribution of money and cheap liquor and to act against the Central Minister who described BJP prime ministerial nominee as “monster.”

Andhra Pradesh BJP president and party Lok Sabha nominee K. Haribabu, party leaders D.V. Subba Rao, Bandaru Ranga Mohana Rao and Avinash Kohli were present.

B. V. Rama Rao joined BJP at the meeting.

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