While the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana was facing a difficult phase in seat-sharing and forging an alliance with the Bharatiay Janata Party (BJP) in this Lok Sabha election, BJP leader D Purandeswari has once again expressed a friendly gesture towards brother-in-law and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu. She stated on Friday that she never treated Naidu as a foe.
Purandeswari, a Congress MP from Visakhapatnam, recently joined BJP after resigning her union minister post, over the issue of the Centre's division of Andhra Pradesh to grant Telangana state. Asserting that she does not have any personal enmity with Naidu, she gave an explanation on why she joined Congress initially.
Purandeswari stated that from 1994 to 2004, when TDP was in power in AP under Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister, the then-prevailing circumstances and the state government's policies made her join Congress to become an MP from Bapatla parliamentary constituency in 2004. She was again elected as an MP in 2009 from Visakhapatnam.
She condemned the criticism of union rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who termed the defectors from Congress as selfish leaders and betrayers. She said that Ramesh was shameless in his criticism and he should introspect himself before criticising others. She also made it clear that she deserted Congress to join BJP not for any positions. She advised Ramesh to respond on Titanium scam that has taken place during Congress' regime when the late Rajasekhara Reddy was Chief Minister.
Purandeswari, who expressed her intention to contest again from Visakhapatnam in this general election, said that she is ready to obey the party high command's instructions for the election. She said that talks on seat-sharing between BJP and TDP in AP will come to an end shortly.
Meanwhile, Tollywood actor and Purandeswari's brother Balakrishna has said that pressure has been building on him to contest the election from Hindupur in Anantapur district. However, he made it clear that the TDP leadership will take a decision from where he should contest the polls.