Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday expressed confidence in his party’s victory in both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh.
Elections on all 25 parliamentary seats and all 175 assembly seats in the state were held simultaneously in a single phase on 11 April.
“I am 1000 per cent confident that TDP will win the elections. I don’t have even 0.1 per cent doubt, we are going to win,” asserted Naidu at a press conference a day after some exit polls predicted a win for YSR Congress party.
Naidu, however, underlined some issues regarding Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
“There are many problems in counting process. The EC should take steps to resolve all those problems. There are many rumours regarding EVMs, including that printers may be manipulated and that control panels will be changed. EC has given scope for suspicion,” he said.
Exit polls were divided about the fate of Andhra Pradesh. While some gave the edge to YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress, others predicted a TDP victory.
Naidu, who has been trying to form an alliance with non-BJP parties, had on Saturday and Sunday met key opposition leaders, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
On Sunday, he met for the second time in two days Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar at his residence in New Delhi.
He also met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on the same day, which, too, was the second time since Saturday.
“The campaigning of this Lok Sabha Election 2019 has ended and as we await the last phase of polling, Andhra Pradesh CM Shri N Chandrababu Naidu paid me a visit to discuss the on going and future political scenario of our country. @ncbn,” Pawar tweeted on Saturday after the meeting.
Besides Gandhi, Naidu held meetings with Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav in Delhi on Saturday. He had flown down to Lucknow for meetings with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav.
Reports say that meeting with Yadav lasted 70 minutes and that with Mayawati also lasted an hour.
Neither Naidu nor any other leader revealed what was discussed in the meetings.
A majority of exit polls on Sunday predicted a landslide victory for the BJP-led NDA government, with as many as 11 of them giving the coalition over 300 seats.
Naidu’s TDP was a part of the NDA till late 2018, when he chose to part ways over a series of issues including demand for more funds for his state.