Telugu Desam Party chief and outgoing Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Tuesday, said that his party will play the role of a constructive opposition and extend co-operation to the new Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh.
“A new government is coming in, we have to give it some time,” Naidu said in his first public appearance after the defeat in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. “They promised certain things; let them fulfil those promises.” He also said that his party will cooperate with the new government.
While addressing the meeting organised in connection with TDP founder president N.T. Rama Rao birth anniversary celebrations,
Naidu also suggested that the party workers draw inspiration form TDP founder-president N.T. Rama Rao, who was never disheartened and dispirited though he faced defeat in the elections. “We can bring the glory to the party again if we all work with dedication,” he said.
Naidu, however, listened to the views of party workers on the party’s failure with rapt attention. Then he pointed out that 39.2 per cent of people had voted for the TDP in Andhra Pradesh in the recent general elections. “We have to serve those people. We have to analyse our mistakes, rectify the lapses and re-dedicate ourselves to their service,” the TDP chief added.
“Don’t get discouraged with the defeat. I stood by you for the last three and a half decades, and I continue to do it. For me, the party is first, the family is next. Every worker should try to rebuild and strength the party,” Naidu told the party workers.
Senior party leaders Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, K. Kala Venkata Rao, among others, were also present at the gathering. The TDP only managed to win 23 of the 175 assembly seats and three Lok Sabha seats.