New Delhi | Republican Party of India (RPI) Chief and Union Minister Ramdas Athawle has appealed YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy to join the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Speaking about Chandrababu Naidu exit from NDA, Ramdas Athawle said “Chandrababu Naidu leaving NDA was not a good decision”.”Naidu exit has left no alternative to him, for the CM post after the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also left the alliance,” he added.
Urging Jagan Reddy to join NDA, Athawle said that ” If he (Jagan Reddy) joins NDA, I’ll talk to PM Modi &Amit Shah and there will be no problem for NDA.
Chandrababu Naidu left NDA. It wasn’t a good decision. Jagan Reddy is also there&I appeal him to join NDA. Chandrababu Naidu left therefore there’s no alternative to Jagan Reddy. If he joins I’ll talk to PM&Amit Shah&there will be no problem for NDA: Union Min R Athawale (14.07) pic.twitter.com/u02KcddXM0
— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2018
Inviting Reddy to join, Athawale said that if he joins NDA, he will have the support of the Republican Party of India, to become the next CM after the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
“If the BJP, Republican Party of India (RPI), of which I am the founder, and YSRCP contest the elections together both BJP and RPI would help make Jagan to become the CM of AP,” he said. Athawale also promised that he would talk to PM Modi for Andhra Pradesh’s special status if YSR joins NDA. “..he can also become the CM of AP with the support that we will provide from the NDA. I will also speak to PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah about special status for Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
“He was seeking special status for AP and it would have been probably granted. But now that he is no longer one of us, there will be no support from my party or me. I appeal to him to join the alliance, and then we will give him all our support,” he said