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Deve Gowda calls Naidu future PM of India

At a moment when the fight for the Chief Minister’s post has come to a crucial juncture in Andhra Pradesh, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu could be the future Prime Minister as he has the capability to unite all the regional parties and face the challenges in the country.
 
Gowda addressed two election rallies at Tiruvuru and Pamarru in Krishna district, in support of the TDP. In his address at Tiruvuru, he began his speech referring to Naidu as “honourable prime minister” but soon corrected himself and said “would-be PM.”  Reacting quickly to the remark, Naidu said he was not aspiring for any post. All this began when Naidu touched the feet of Gowda.
 
Gowda hinted that Naidu could possibly be the Opposition’s choice for the Prime Ministerial candidate. Recently, anti-BJP ally and DMK chief M.K. Stalin pitched for Rahul Gandhi as the PM during UPA election rally in Chennai, hoping that the Congress would get voted to power at the Centre.
 
Gowda said that the country was facing a challenge as all the national-level institutions have been destroyed under the BJP-led NDA rule and added that Naidu was the right person to challenge Modi. tAt the same time, Gowda said there were more leaders who could challenge Modi’s “non-democratic” approach in functioning.
 
Referring to Modi’s mockery of the opposition alliance, Deve Gowda said the credit for bringing together strong leaders from all the four corners of the country went to Chandrababu Naidu. “In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is a strong woman leader , UP has Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav and in South, Chandrababu is there,” he pointed out and said all of them are uniting to be an alternative force to challenge Modi.
 
Gowda said it was not easy to unite the regional parties with different ideologies but at the same time felt it was nothing new. Former PM late Atalji headed the United Front government, a coalition of 23 parties. Vajpayee fought the Kargil war and he won but now, Modi says he is the only one who can face an attack by Pakistan.  “There is no truth in this statement.”
 
He reminded that coalition governments could also bring in development in the country. He cited the examples of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and himself who too headed a 13-party coalition. Gowda also recalled the efforts put in by the previous governments in resolving the stand-off with neighbouring Pakistan.
 
He fumed at Modi for trying to destroy the freedom of the Press and others opposing him. Modi tried to cover up all his lapses by giving a false picture in the media in the last five years, he added.

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