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Updated On 26-10-2018 11:09:56 ISTUpdated On 26-10-20182018-08-25T00:00:00.000Z25-08-2018 2018-08-25T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-10-26T05:39:56.962Z - 26-10-2018
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reportedly warned two of his ministers on Friday against giving any statements on TDP- Congress alliance speculations.
Quoted by certain media outlets, Naidu said, “Being senior leaders in the party, how can the two leaders forget the fact that any decision on electoral alliances will be taken before elections and that too after discussing in the party Politburo. How can they go by media reports without verifying the facts and discussing within the party?"
The ministers in question, Deputy CM KE Krishnamurthy and Roads and Buildings minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu had earlier made statements against a possible alliance with Congress. The strong statements made by the ministers further fuelled the rumours of a possible partnership with Congress garnering great criticism from all the quarters.
In June, Krishnamurthy, responding to a possible alliance had said that he is totally against the idea and that he will hang himself if the need arises. Ayyanna Patrudu on Friday echoed the sentiment and said that he will oppose the move completely and that TDP was not interested in any alliance with Congress.
CM Naidu is already facing criticism from opposition for sharing a dais with Rahul Gandhi during the swearing in ceremony of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy. Naidu has already clarified earlier that presence on the same dais doesn’t equate to an alliance.
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