Asserting that there are no permanent enemies or friends in politics, but there are only permanent interests, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said that the BJP was open to any party to forge a coalition. “We are welcome for any alliance,” he added.
Addressing India Today Conclave South 2018, in Visakhapatnam today, he said that politics is not arithmetic. It’s chemistry. All the way. You never know what might work and what might not. It’s about situations. As they turn out, the parties function.
Referring that the TDP parted ways with BJP early this year, he asked “But you never know if they come back ?” However, he also hit back at Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hit out at him calling him a great failure for the state. Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is an erstwhile ally of the BJP in Andhra.
Madhav further took on the Congress party and said when the BJP says it wants a Congress-mukt Bharat, they don’t mean to wipe it out physically. “We want to end the political raj of the Congress party. And hopefully we have wiped it out of the Northeast,” he said.
He felt that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has a long way to go before he becomes a world-class leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I agree there is a wave of sympathy for Rahul Gandhi because he has been criticised a lot. But one cannot become a world leader only by receiving criticism. If that was the case, Modi ji is invincible, because every Opposition leader criticises him and calls him names,” he added.
With regard to Andhra Pradesh, Ram Madhav said that the state requires a better alternative. “We are willing to work with any other group here,” he said, calling both the TDP and the YSR Congress (YSRCP) corrupt “family parties”.
Madhav tore into Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, saying his government had been a “a great disappointment” to his state’s people and that he’d does “tamasha” to hide his failures. “We will go from house to house to tell the people the truth,” he added. The TDP, he said, has become the “other side of the Congress coin” — “same nepotism, same family raj, same inefficiency, same corruption”. However, he ruled out of any chance for BJP to do business with YSRCP, after 2019 Lok Sabha polls.