Amravati, Oct 4: Claiming that the present Government at the Centre is 'unpopular' among the masses, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said an alternative force will emerge in 2019.
Talking to select mediapersons on national politics here, Mr Naidu said people are totally disappointed with the present government at the Centre and they will choose an alternative. Hitting out at the Union Government on the issue of Rafale deal, Mr Naidu said, 'It is the responsibility of the Government to explain to the people what is the reason. They are not telling.'
Asked as to what will be his party TDP's role in the upcoming general elections to contain BJP, Mr Naidu said, 'We will be instrumental...we have to work in the interest of the nation.' Lashing out at the prevailing high fuel prices in the country, he said the Union government was not bothered to control petrol prices or black money. 'People are not having trust in banks.... people who committed fraud have left the country,' the Andhra Chief Minister said.
He cited demonetisation brought by the BJP-led NDA government two years ago as having made every citizen in the country suffer. He said even the GST has not been implemented properly in the country by the Centre. 'In the past four-and-a-half years, has there been any benefit for the common man?' he asked.
The Chief Minister also hit out at the BJP-led NDA government over 'not granting' Special Category Status to the state and also over the 'non implementation' of provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Attacking the Centre over the issue of Special Category Status, Mr Naidu said, 'Today, Special Category Status is not being given to us. After four years, they cheated us.' He said, 'the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the floor of the House had assured Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh...but why the present government (BJP-led NDA government) is not giving and not fulfilling its promise..now what has happened.'
He also accused that the Union Government is not cooperating in terms of funds for building Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.UNI