Telugu Desam Party president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has the habit of trying to take political mileage from any issue, even if it requires exploiting religious sentiments.
This was the allegation made by YSR Congress party leader and endowments minister Vellampalli Srinivas on Saturday.
He was referring to Naidu’s recent allegations against YSRC president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy that the latter was encouraging a particular religion at the cost of majority Hindus.
He wondered why Naidu was making irrelevant allegations against Jagan stating that the latter was promoting propagation of other religions at Hindu religious places.
“Why is he talking in the tone of Bharatiya Janata Party? May be he is trying to merge his party into the BJP,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that the Opposition leader is trying to ignite religious sentiments by making false allegations against the government and the chief minister,” he said.
Vellampalli said that the opposition parties have been raising issues with religious sentiments and are trying to tarnish the image of chief minister but they will fail in their efforts.
The allegations of religious propagation on RTC tickets at Tirumala and the painting at Bhavani islands were done during the previous TDP government itself, he said.
He warned that the government would not hesitate to take criminal action against people who make such false allegations.