Vijayawada: The Telugu Desam Party has adopted a new resolution in which it slammed the NDA government for its “dictatorial” attitude towards states, as its leaders vowed to unite regional parties to dethrone the “anti-people” BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The resolution passed at the TDP’s three-day annual conclave “Mahanadu”, that began here on Sunday, alleges that the Centre was weakening the financial condition of states.
TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked people of the State to give him all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the next general elections so that he could decide the next Prime Minister of the country.
The TDP show of strength had all the makings of a high-voltage drama synonymous with political events of southern parties.
“The unilateral style of functioning of the Modi government has led to a loss of trust of states in the central government. The states feel that the concept of federalism is only on paper,” the resolution reads.
In March, the TDP pulled out of the NDA government over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh.
The party claimed it played a “pivotal role” in forming five out of the six non-Congress governments in Delhi, except the Janata Party government, and that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu played an important role in the national politics.
As the convenor of the United Front, Naidu was responsible for uniting non-Congress parties and made HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral prime ministers. Thus, he proved it was possible for regional parties to form a government at the Centre, the TDP document says.
In his concluding address at the conclave, Naidu said, “We ended the alliance with the NDA only in the interests of the states”
He alleged the BJP was “resorting to conspiracy to destabilize us”. “We are not afraid of anyone and are ready to sacrifice everything. We will not stop until Andhra is given special status and the Polavaram project completed,” he said.