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Chandrababu Naidu an alternative and threat to Modi: TDP MP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said N Chandrababu was "an alternative and a threat" to Narendra Modi, days after the ruled himself out of the 2019 prime ministerial race.

Galla also said that Modi and did not want to help as they believed that any development work in the state would strengthen Naidu's credibility.

"The current leadership at the Centre doesn't want to share credit with anybody...As long as Modi and Shah are at the helm, I don't think they're going to help Andhra Pradesh," Galla told reporters here.

"Chandrababu is one of the senior-most politicians in the country. And if he continues to perform miracles in like he has done in the past, people would be looking at him as a possible leader. If you look at the entire idea of a Third of the things is who's going to lead it? Any day, he is a threat to ..When people talk about Modi's alternative, he (Naidu) is definitely in that list," Galla said.

had recently said that the (TDP) would play a pivotal role in 2019 when regional parties band together to form government at the Centre but had ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race.

The TDP had in March pulled out of the NDA government over the Centre's refusal to grant special status to the state.

"I do not have any prime ministerial ambitions. This post was offered to me twice in the past," he said, referring to 1996 when H D became and 1997 when I K Gujral took the

"I just want to develop Andhra," he had said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 19:05 IST