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BJP is creating strife in temples across country: Chandrababu Naidu

The TDP chief asked party workers to let people know about the BJP's 'vicious politics'

By PTI in Calcutta

  • Published 19.01.19, 3:27 PM
  • Updated 19.01.19, 3:27 PM
Chandrababu Naidu accused the BJP of
Chandrababu Naidu accused the BJP of "making a mockery of democracy". PTI file picture

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday cited the Sabarimala temple row to accuse the BJP of creating "strife" in temples across the country.

Naidu, who is in Calcutta for a mega rally of anti-BJP parties, addressed Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders via teleconference and asked them to let people know about the BJP's "vicious politics", a party release said.

He asked TDP workers to become "mobile media" and carry out door-to-door campaigns.

"The BJP is creating strife in temples. It is provoking tension in Sabarimala. It is raising the Ram temple issue once again. We have to be cautious against this," he told TDP leaders.

Referring to the political turmoil in Karnataka, he alleged that the BJP was trying to "purchase" legislators to dislodge the JD(S)-Congress government in the state.

"The BJP is making a mockery of democracy by indulging in vicious politics," the release quoted Naidu as saying.

Naidu termed "ridiculous" the BJP's claim that it had given "special treatment" to Andhra Pradesh.

"Is giving us an empty hand despite my 29 trips to New Delhi the special treatment? Is sprinkling chilli powder on injuries the special treatment?" he added.

Naidu said the target for the party is to win all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the general election and at least 150 out of the total 175 Assembly seats in the state. "We have to achieve this," he stressed.

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