If the Telugu Desam Party is not elected to power in 2024, he will step down, according to its leader, N Chandrababu Naidu.
At a roadshow in the Kurnool district late Wednesday night, the former Chief Minister recalled his vow not to enter the Assembly until the TDP returned to power.
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“If I have to go (back) to the Assembly, if I have to stay in politics and if justice is to be done to Andhra Pradesh unless you ensure our victory in the next election, that could well be my last election,” Naidu said.
“Will you bless me? Do you trust me,” he asked the people, who responded rapturously.
On November 19, 2021, the Leader of the Opposition vowed to return to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly only after the ruling YSR Congress insulted his wife on the floor of the House.
Naidu reminded people at the roadshow of his pledge, saying the next election would be his last if he was not re-elected.
“I will only set things right and put the state back on the track of progress and hand over the future to others,” he added. This should become a point of debate in each household.”
“My fight is for the future of children, future of the state. It’s not tall talk. I had done it before and there is a model (to prove it),” the TDP chief noted.
“Think about it. Weigh the pros and cons. If what I am saying is right, cooperate with me,” he urged the people. Naidu observed that he was “physically very fit. ”
“Some people are mocking at my age. I and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi are of the same age. (Biden) became American President at the age of 79,” the 72-year-old TDP leader said.
In response to the YSRC’s claim that Naidu would abandon all freebie schemes if re-elected, the TDP supremo stated that he would do better.
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“I will develop (the state) and create wealth. That will increase the revenue and with that we will implement the welfare schemes. In fact, we will do better but, unlike (Chief Minister) Jagan Mohan Reddy, we will not borrow heavily for that,” the former Chief Minister said.
Chandrababu Naidu stated that the government regime borrowed money indiscriminately, trapping the state in debt. “They even mortgaged the state’s assets to raise loans heavily,” Chandrababu added.