"Social Justice, not appeasement": TDP, key BJP ally on reservation for Muslims
"Social Justice, not appeasement": TDP, key BJP ally on reservation for Muslims

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New Delhi: Nara Lokesh, TDP leader and son of Chandrababu Naidu, emphasized the party's commitment to job creation and uplifting the marginalized in Andhra Pradesh. The TDP, which secured 16 Lok Sabha seats, played a crucial role in the NDA's electoral victory. Lokesh affirmed the continuation of Muslim reservations in the state, a policy opposed by their ally, BJP, citing it as a matter of social justice to alleviate poverty among minorities.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Lokesh stressed that the reservations are not for appeasement but for addressing the economic disparity faced by minorities. He highlighted the TDP's inclusive approach, aiming to ensure no community is left behind in the state's development. Lokesh, who took over party leadership following Naidu's arrest, has been instrumental in the TDP's recent successes, including his 4,000-kilometre 'padayatra' to connect with the masses.

Lokesh denounced his father's arrest as vendetta politics and called for the equal application of the rule of law. He dismissed rumors about the TDP seeking key positions in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new cabinet, stating that the party's priority is securing funds for Andhra Pradesh rather than negotiating for ministries.

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