TDP calls for realignment of like-minded political forces to defeat BJP in 2019
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TDP calls for realignment of like-minded political forces to defeat BJP in 2019

TDP moved a resolution said the unilateral style of functioning of Modi government has led to loss of faith and trust of the states over the Centre.

india Updated: May 30, 2018 00:09 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu during the concluding day of the Mahanadu in Vijayawada on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) called for a realignment of like-minded political forces to pull down the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The TDP unanimously passed a political resolution to this effect at its annual conclave Mahanadu that was organised at Vijayawada.

Moving the resolution, Andhra Pradesh finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said there were clear signals of various regional parties and also the Left parties coming together to form an anti-BJP front. “We all shall work together with the sole objective of dethroning the BJP at the Centre,” he said.

Yanamala equated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah with dictators like Hitler and Mussolini, and said their dictatorial attitude had led to deterioration of the political culture of the BJP. “The unilateral and anti-people decisions of the BJP government, misuse of central intelligence agencies and regulatory agencies, even judiciary to suppress the political opponents have become a matter of grave concern in the India polity,” he said.

Under any circumstances, Modi should not become the Prime Minister again. “The TDP cadres should play a key role in achieving this goal,” Yanamala said.

The political resolution pointed out that a step had been taken on the occasion of swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as the Karnataka chief minister recently. “Leaders of various political parties assembled in Bengaluru as a token of solidarity of regional political parties and the TDP led by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu took the initiative in this regard. It was a clear indication that regional political parties are going to be a power to reckon with in the 2019 elections as an alternative to the national parties to form a government in Delhi,” the resolution said.

It also alleged that the Narendra Modi government was trying to make the states paupers by denying them funds so that they would depend on the Centre. Though the Modi government said the devolution of the resources to the states had been enhanced from 32% to 42%, in reality it is only 36%. In the name of devolution the Government of India reduced the centrally-sponsored schemes, the resolution observed.

“The unilateral style of functioning of Modi Government has led to loss of faith and trust of the states over the Central Government. The states feel that the concept of federalism is only on paper. The behaviour of the Central Government and the restrictions imposed by them is nothing but a show arrogance,” the political resolution added.

First Published: May 30, 2018 00:09 IST