Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership for misusing the power in Karnataka to form the party’s government despite not having the numbers. The TDP chief raised his voice in support of the Janata Dal (Secular) which had staked claim to form the government in post-election alliance with the Congress. The two parties have 117 MLAs, five MLAs more than the magic figure of 113 in the 222 Assembly of Karnataka. However, the Governor had invited the BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government and had sworn-in the leader though the party had won 204 MLAs, falling short of 8 MLAs.
Chandrababu Naidu said that the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah was misusing the constitutional offices and violating the provisions of the constitution just to be in power.
Chandrababu Naidu’s remarks came under sharp criticism from the BJP leaders who recalled how Chandrababu Naidu had grabbed the power from late N T Rama Rao in 1995. The BJP leaders, starting from its new president Kanna Lakshminarayana to the aggressive MLC Somu Veerraju, sought to advise the TDP chief to mind his own work. “Work for the State, leave the politics of other States,” was the sharp advice from Somu Veerraju to the TDP president. He further recalled how Chandrababu Naidu had gone against every institution to justify his coup against N T Rama Rao.
“People of Andhra Pradesh are aware of the misuse of power in the coup against Rama Rao where the office of the Governor, the judiciary and the Assembly were misused by Chandrababu Naidu. How chappals were thrown at NTR and how he was denied to speak in the Assembly during the trust vote. We don’t need to learn from him,” Veerraju and Kanna Lakshminarayana said asking Chandrababu Naidu to stop looking at other States.
Interestingly, some of the TDP leaders including Minister Nara Lokesh made some comments against the BJP and in favour of the JD(S), which were objected by the AP BJP leaders. Lokesh went on to claim that the BJP had violated the constitution in doing injustice to the Janata Dal (S).
But the BJP leaders questioned the young minister how the TDP in Andhra Pradesh had violated the norms and purchased MLAs from YSR Congress and had even made some of them Ministers in the TDP cabinet. The YSR Congress MLAs are continuing in the TDP cabinet even today without taking action against them under the Anti-Defection Law.