New Delhi: Days after a fallout with the Bharatiya Janata Party over its failure to grant a special status to Andhra Pradesh, friend-turned-foe Telugu Desam Party has now taken its fight to the poll-bound state of Karnataka, urging voters to cast their ballot for anybody “but the BJP”. K.E. Krishnamurthy, the deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, traveled to the neighboring state and asked the Telugu community in Karnataka to vote against the Bharatiya Janata Party, reports said. The deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh cited the “injustice” meted out by the BJP-led NDA government in the Centre to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
In a press conference held in Bengaluru on Monday, Krishna Murthy said that “the Telugu people of Karnataka, Tamil Naidu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh should vote against the BJP because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done an injustice to Andhra Pradesh by not according it special category status.”
According to reports, the deputy chief minister of AP also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that if the Modi-led government continued with its “dictatorial attitude”, it could lead to differences between the north and the south in the future.
Karnataka is all set to go to polls on May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 15, 2018. The fight between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state has intensified in the run-up to the assembly elections, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah attending several election rallies and public gatherings in the state in the last few months.
In March, the TDP, led by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, pulled out of the Narendra Modi government in the Centre as a mark of protest against the Centre’s decision to not award the special status in Andhra Pradesh.