Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu has termed Rahul Gandhi a "good leader who has concerns for the nation" and asserted that unlike 1996, non-BJP parties won't commit the mistake of keeping the Congress out if such an alliance forms a government at the Centre. During an interview to PTI, he claimed the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is on its way out and batted for a coalition government saying, "It's better to have checks and balances."
Andhra CM claimed that PM Modi has become desperate on realizing that he is losing the Lok Sabha polls. "There is anti-incumbency. PM Modi tried his best, but he has no achievement. Because of that, he started talking about Pulwama (terror attack) and (Balakot) air strikes. In every meeting he is accusing and abusing opposition leaders," the incumbent chief minister of Andhra Pradesh alleged.
"If you go through Modi's campaign you will see he is getting weaker and more desperate. Earlier also he was weak but he managed the media. He threatened all politicians so that no one raises their voice," Naidu claimed.
Chandrababu Naidu praised the Congress president Rahul Gandhi by terming him a good leader but evaded a direct reply to the question whether Rahul Gandhi's name could be proposed as a prime ministerial candidate, saying if he names someone others might get hurt which will break the opposition unity.
"He (Rahul Gandhi) is a good leader. He has concerns for the nation, unlike Narendra Modi, who is hollow and never listens to anybody. Modi tries to rule by threatening others," the TDP supremo said.