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Modi says yes to Sai Reddy, no to Naidu!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not been showing any interest in giving an appointment to Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu for several months, notwithstanding the fact that the TDP is the political ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party and part of the NDA government.

However, what has surprised everybody was the way Modi gave instant appointment to YSR Congress party Rajya Sabha member V Vijay Sai Reddy on Friday.

Though it is not uncommon for the MPs coming to Prime Minister’s chamber to greet him on the occasion of New Year, the interesting point is that Modi had a one-on-one meeting with Sai Reddy for over 15 minutes.

It is learnt Sai Reddy explained the political developments in the state and also lodged several complaints against Chandrababu Naidu and his administration.

The Prime Minister, who gave a patient hearing to Sai Reddy made enquiries about YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s ongoing padayatra.

He appeared to be very curious to know how the padayatra was going on and how the people are responding to him.

This news has come as a big disappointment for the TDP leaders, who are now getting the feeling that the BJP is getting closer to YSRC.

They remind that Naidu had been trying to get the appointment of Modi for several months – the most recently on December 25, but the Prime Minister is refusing to see him.

However, some TDP MPs under the aegis of Union minister Y S Chowdary met Modi and requested him to attend the foundation laying ceremony for Petroleum University proposed to be set up at Visakhapatnam shortly.

Though he gave a positive response, it is doubtful whether he would really make it to the function, say party sources.

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