Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu has dismissed the Modi government coming to power again in 2019 and has also declared the Congress finished, in his latest statement hailing a regional parties-led third front.
Addressing mediapersons, Naidu, who had stood shoulder to shoulder with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee when she made her "Jo Humse Takraayega, Woh Choor Choor Ho Jayega" comment warning the BJP against taking on regional parties, said:
"TDP always reviews the political situation of the country. In that context this year, we have analysed, because of injustice to Andhra Pradesh and also because of performance of central government, there is no chance that the central government is coming to power again."
On the other hand, less than a week after the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-Congress coalition came into power in Karnataka, Naidu predicted that "there's a possibility that more and more regional parties are going to gain and strengthen."
During the swearing-in of Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy, Naidu had shared a stage with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, but here, the AP CM announced that "the Congress has lost totally".
He then took on both the Congress and BJP together, though he retained his focus on the latter, predicting bad times ahead for the party that is ruling at the Centre:
"What the Congress has promised, BJP didn't fulfill. There's anger against BJP. People are very clear. They wanted to manipulate and instigate some political parties and operate through them. It's very bad. They want to operate using remote control. Ultimately they will be punished. They will have a problem."
Chandrababu Naidu has issued a number of such ripostes since his party exited the NDA after Andhra Pradesh wasn't given special category status. Earlier, however, he had claimed that he wasn't interested in being Prime Minister.