The United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) has begun to prepare for possible mid-term polls by intensifying its attack on the Congress-led UPA on the Sethusamudram project and the government’s economic policies.
The combine would come out with a set of alternative economic policies and programmes when the UNPA leaders meet in Delhi within a fortnight, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu told reporters on Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday, leaders of four of the eight UNPA parties had met in Ambala to discuss their future plans. The UNPA includes the TDP, the Samajwadi Party, the Asom Gana Parishad, the AIADMK, the INLD, the MDMK and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha.
Naidu’s tirade against the Congress on the Setu issue came even as the government is reportedly toying with the idea of setting up a 10-member panel to talk to various leaders on the subject. The TDP leader blamed the Congress for the Setu row, saying the country has to pay for the ruling party’s “political blunders."
He said: “The fact that the party filed an affidavit and then withdrew it is an indication of guilt. Why did they change the affidavit?’’ He believed that tough development is important, so are people’s sentiments.
Dubbing the Congress as “politically greedy," Naidu blamed the ruling party for 1980 anti-Sikh riots and Babri mosque demolition. He also criticised the UPA on economic issues. “The benefits of economic reforms are not reaching the common man. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing,’’ he said.
On Wednesday, Naidu had a separate meeting with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. “I am also in regular touch with the Left parties. We will soon meet them," he said.