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TDP to join NDA govt at the Centre: Chandrababu Naidu

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New Delhi: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and Andhra Pradesh chief minister-designate N.Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said his party would join BJP-led NDA alliance at the Centre.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Naidu recalled his party was part of four non-Congress governments at the Centre.

“We are joining the government. TDP was part of four non-Congress governments at Centre. We would also be part of NDA as well,” he stated but did not reveal how many cabinet berths his party would get in the central government to be headed by Narendra Modi.

TDP, which faced the elections in alliance with BJP, won 16 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. The party is also forming the government in residual Andhra Pradesh.

Asked about his arch rival YSRCP chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy calling on Modi on Monday, Naidu downplayed the issue, claiming “It is not a big issue for me”.

Taking credit for development of Telangana region, Naidu, underscored that he would spur growth in Seemandhra region.

“From day one, I have a vision for Seemandhra that needs to be executed. We would take the help of NRIs and experts to develop the state,” he added.

Queried whether his chief ministership would be the most challenging job in the country in the wake of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said “there is a crisis, there is an opportunity... That is my nature, I will prove it,” he said.

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