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No tie-up with TDP in Gen election: APCC Chief
Andhra Pradesh

No tie-up with TDP in Gen election: APCC Chief

Kakinada, Mar 1: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Chief N Raghuveera Reddy has clarified that the party was not having any tie-up with the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state and it would contest alone in the ensuing general election.

Addressing a press conference along with former Union Minister Mallipudi Mangapati Pallamraju here on Friday, he said, the electoral alliance in the neighbouring Telangana was only limited to that state and it has nothing to do with the ensuing general election here.

However he clarified that at the National level, the TDP was sailing with Congress and other non-BJP parties with the sole aim of saving the country and democracy from the misrule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

`We wholeheartedly welcomed Chandrababu Naidu’s initiative when he approached Congress President Rahul Gandhi seeking support to the demand of Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh. Indeed It is a credit for us as the Telugu Desam Party which was totally opposed to Congress since its inception has on its own accord has come forward to sail with us in fighting against the BJP-led NDA government. However, as far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, the TDP is not an ally to the Congress’, he added.

While welcoming the surgical strikes carried out against the Terrorist camps by the Indian Air Force, Mr Reddy said the credit should go to our armed forces. The entire country is now behind the armed forces for their action in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF Jawans was martyred but the BJP is trying to gain political mileage.

A senior leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yedyurappa was now claiming the credit to BJP by saying that it would clinch 22 Lok sabha seats in the Lok Sabha Election. It is shameful thing that BJP was trying to politicize the sacrifices of our defence forces which needed to be denounced, he remarked.

The ongoing Special Status bharosa bus Yatra, he said, would conclude at Srikakulam with a public meeting on March 3. Replying to queries on why mega star Chiranjeevi was keeping away from party activities since sometime past, the APCC President has clarified that he was very well with the Congress but pre-occupied with his movie 'Syera Narasimha Reddy' and one need not have any apprehensions.

Former MP Buchimaheswerarao, former MLC Gidugu Rudraraju, State BC Cell President Nurukurty Venkateswerarao, Thalluri Raju, Burra Padmanabham and other Congress leaders were among those who attended. UNI