A five-minute informal conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu in New Delhi on Saturday fueled talks of political realignment in Andhra Pradesh. Naidu was in Delhi to attend the meeting of the National Committee of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” at Rashtrapati Bhavan chaired by Prime Minister Modi. After the meeting, PM Modi approached TDP chief Naidu, shook hands with him and had a brief conversation with him.
After the meeting, Naidu told the media that Prime Minister Modi met him and inquired about his family and health. “He asked me why I have not been coming to Delhi for so many years and I told him that I have no work there,” he said. When PM Modi asked Naidu to come to Delhi to meet him once, Naidu replied that he would also like to meet him if there is time. Naidu quoted PM Modi as saying that whenever you want to come, inform our office.
Although the interaction between Prime Minister Modi and former Chief Minister Naidu was brief, it created a stir in the political circles of the state as the two were meeting for the first time after a gap of more than four years.
The TDP formed an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party during the 2014 general elections, when the united Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to form Telangana. Naidu came to power in the rest of Andhra Pradesh and the TDP joined the Modi-led NDA government. However, in March 2018, the TDP walked out of the NDA and severed ties with the BJP, demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
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Chandrababu Naidu meets PM Modi, talks about alliance again in Andhra Pradesh