National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had a huge setback; When the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has decided to quit the alliance. On Friday morning, the decision was taken unanimously by the party politburo. After the Narendra Modi government did not allocate additional funds for Andhra Pradesh, The BJP and the TDP had been treading on a thin line.
TDP government led by CM Chandrababu Naidu had been demanding a special status for Andhra Pradesh. However, they claimed that they let down by the Central government. The TDP president had said on Thursday that “For four years I have been requesting the Centre but now, only under inevitable circumstances, I started fighting only to secure the state’s rights since the PM has meted out injustice,”
The decision of pulling out the alliance comes after YSR Congress Party led by Jaganmohan Reddy moved a no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha, putting the TDP on the defensive. Thereafter the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had said that “they may support a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the BJP-led NDA government over the issue of special status.”
Letter of YSR Congress Party MP YV Subba Reddy to Lok Sabha Secretary-General for moving motion on 'No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers' in the house. pic.twitter.com/FADQCKVOig
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The TDP president warned the Jaganmohan Reddy-led party “I am telling this with pain and agony, 40 years of political experience and as people’s word. It is not good to play with the lives of people. If you sincerely move the no-trust motion, we will fully co-operate. If you do it by colluding, we will expose you,”
On Friday in Lok Sabha YSR Congress Party MP YV Subba Reddy had met Congress‘ Mallikarjun Kharge and CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury and had given them Jaganmohan Reddy’s letter seeking their support for the no-confidence motion to be moved by YSRCP. In his letter to different political leaders Reddy wrote, “If even after this no-confidence motion, the Central government is reluctant to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, all our party MPs will tender resignation to their seats on April 6, 2018.”
On Thursday Naidu had restated the demand for implementation of the AP Reorganization Act, 2014 and also the promises made in the Rajya Sabha at the time of bifurcation of the state to carve out Telangana. Naidu recalled that the TDP MPs had been constantly fighting in Parliament to get the promises fulfilled.
Chowdary and Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Two TDP ministers had resigned from the Narendra Modi-led Cabinet on March 8 in protest against the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to the state. Chowdary had said, “the issue of special category status was very emotive for the state but the Centre had not addressed it and had added that even the special package was not adequate”. He added that “it would be unfair to say that the Centre did nothing for the state.”