Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam party first parted ways with the NDA, and then moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi Government. He is widely considered to be one of the architects of the opposition unity, ahead of the general elections.
He was interviewed by Mukesh Kaushik and Rajiv Kumar of Dainik Bhaskar
You were with the NDA for four years. Then, you broke off from it and tabled a no-confidence motion against the government. Is this not opportunism?
Modi says that it is for the first time in the past 30 years that a non-Congress government has been able to win a majority in the Lok Sabha on its own. But he should also realise that we too had contributed to this success. We very well knew that they have a clear majority. But the no-confidence motion was about majority versus morality. Injustice has been done to the people of Andhra Pradesh. At the time of the bifurcation of the state, Narendra Modi – as the Prime Ministerial candidate – had promised that the state would be given a special status. After the formation of the NDA Government, I travelled to Delhi 29 times to request the Central ministers to fulfil the promise. But it was not done.
Will the opposition ever unite?
The opposition parties in India have their own compulsions. In some states, they contest elections against each other. We will have to find a way out. Things have to be worked out.
Many BJP leaders say that the opposition parties don’t have faith on one another.
I ask you, do the BJP leaders have faith on each other? The answer is an obvious no. The opposition parties are coming together. They have their own agendas and their own ideologies. But we have a common cause and we have to fight for it.
Why you don’t want to move to Delhi? If the country wants, will you accept the position of the Prime Minister?
There are many leaders who are more competent and deserving than me. I have no desire of moving to Delhi. Whosoever becomes the Prime Minister will receive my support. I will work in tandem with him or her.