In a jolt to the BJP. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday threatened to break the alliance with the saffron party.
Speaking to reporters, Naidu said that he was adhering to coalition ‘dharma’ by reining in his party leaders from reacting to their statements.
“Because of coalition dharma, we are keeping quiet” Naidu was quoted by IANS. Naidu added, “If they don’t want us, we will do the namaskaram and chart our own course.”
“I have controlled my party men. I always tell them not to talk against them (BJP). If a party is in alliance, then one should not talk against each other. It’s not right. But some state BJP leaders are making several comments. The high command should take note or react. But if we are not needed, I fold my hands and we will go our way”, Naidu was quoted by News18.
Naidu’s warning came after several local BJP leaders taunted the TDP that they were willing to work with the opposition YSR Congress Party led by Jagan Reddy.
The news comes as a setback to the saffron party, which is preparing for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Only last week, Shiv Sena had announced that it was parting ways with the BJP, adding that it will fight 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the subsequent assembly polls alone.
According to a report by PTI, Former Union Minister and BJP leader Daggubati Purandeswari, also Naidu’s sister-in-law, has been critical of the state government headed by him over several issues, particularly the Polavaram multipurpose project.