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An Alternative To NDA Will Emerge Automatically, Says Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu

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| October 5 , 2018 , 08:28 IST

Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP head N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, alleging that it has failed in its duty to the people, and that an Opposition alternative will emerge 'automatically' for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

A former BJP ally, Chandrababu Naidu quit from the NDA earlier this year after the Centre refused to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh and also did not give the state any special package in the Budget Session of Parliament 2018. The TDP chief has offered to play a "pivotal" role to bring all the opposition parties together to forge a united front.

"An alternative (front) will emerge automatically. People are angry with the Modi government and they will choose an alternative," Naidu said to PTI.

"The situation has never been so bad. The country is in a miserable state now. This government has failed in its duty towards people. They will choose an alternative," he said.

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"Every citizen has suffered. The government was unable to meet public expectations. The election promises have not been delivered yet," the Andhra Pradesh CM said.

"I have been in the politics for the last 40 years. I became chief minister in 1995 and worked in the NDA and UPA. I have seen it all," he added.

"I also expected a lot from Modi like every citizen. Talking is different, delivering is important. I feel anything will be better that what has happened in the last four-and-a-half years," Naidu said.

"Demonetisation was a big flop and its outcome was negative. The government has done nothing to get back black money. People have no confidence in banks. Those who committed frauds have left the country," he said.

"Fuel rates have gone up, rupee is depreciating and imports have become costly. The government is doing nothing. You are not handling farmers' issues properly," Naidu said.

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"As a responsible citizen, I will work out (an alternative).  Definitely I will play my role as a responsible citizen. We will be instrumental in bringing all parties together who are keen to work in the interest of the nation," he said.

"Recently, I met Karnataka chief minister of JD(S). We are discussing with other parties as well," CM Naidu said.

"I do not visualise any problem if the PM candidate of the opposition front is not decided before the polls. No one could predict a prime ministerial candidate in some past situations," he said.

"Whoever emerges as consensus will be the one. If there is a consensus before the poll, it is great," Naidu said.

The Andhra Pradesh CM personally ruled out his own candidature for the post of PM, and said, "I will never go to the Centre. I have never been an aspirant for any post or for any role at the Centre."