TDP alliance in danger? Irked Chandrababu Naidu calls up Uddhav Thackeray

05 February, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Chandrababu Naidu

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will not pull out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) "immediately" but, will start cornering the Narendra Modi government inside and outside the Parliament on the raw deal handed out to Andhra Pradesh in the recently tabled budget.

In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, TDP-BJP alliance had won 18 out of 25 seats.

It is reported that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh rang up the Chief Minister and advised restraint, assuring him that issues relating to AP would be addressed.

Chowdhary had said that Chandrababu Naidu was upset over Andhra Pradesh being ignored in the budget. "If the Modi Government failed to act in the interest of the State, the situation will be reviewed", said a senior leader.

This was indicated by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at a meeting of the party's coordination committee on Friday, the sources said.

The TDP has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the future of alliance with BJP after they registered extreme disappointment with the latter. In the Parliamentary Board meeting, it was made a decision to fight for the rights of Andhra Pradesh even if it means stalling the Parliament.

The TDP is BJP's biggest ally in the South. "If we don't get clarity, definitely we will protest inside Parliament during the Budget session", the Union minister said.

Even though TDP has chose to not break the alliance with BJP, media reports have revealed that Naidu has asked his MPs to disrupt the Parliament during the ongoing budget session so that their demands are heard by the Centre.

There were also claims that Naidu had spoken to Shiv Sena leaders, though Chowdary denied this. There is no respect for the TDP MPs in NDA, though we are alliance partners. "Don't take any hasty decision".

'Whatever CM decides we will stand by it, but we are not happy with the BJP's budget, not happy with the budget allotted to Andhra Pradesh, ' TDP MP Ravindra Babu said.

Ahead of the meeting, party MP Kesineni Srinivas said there would be detailed discussions with Naidu.

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