Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu Tuesday parried questions on Narendra Modi`s call to him to join hands with non-Congress parties to oust Congress-led UPA at the Centre.
"This is not the occasion to talk on the issue," he said when reporters referred to Modi’s suggestion that TDP should follow the legacy of its founder-president N T Rama Rao and join forces to make India Congress-free.
"Everyone knows NTR’s contribution to the formation of non-Congress governments at the Centre. Out of the four non-Congress governments, three were formed due to the efforts of TDP. NTR was instrumental in the formation of National Front government in 1989", Naidu said.
"Thus, NTR was widely respected not only in Andhra Pradesh but also across India and also cutting across party lines," he noted.
Kick-starting BJP`s election campaign at a mammoth youth rally here on Sunday, the Gujarat Chief Minister hailed NTR for strengthening anti-Congress politics in the country and said "as those who inherited NTR?s legacy, it is the responsibility of TDP leadership to once again join hands to make India Congress-free".
TDP had lent outside support to BJP-led NDA government at the Centre in 1999 though it severed ties with BJP after the 2004 poll debacle.