TDP MPs readying for protest in Parliament

Posted February 05, 2018

"In the meantime, we will take the message to the people as to how Andhra Pradesh was completely ignored in the Budget", the report quoted Naidu as saying at the meeting.

Rajnath Singh called Naidu in the midst of the TDP's Parliamentary party meeting and reportedly asked Naidu to "wait" as the Union Government was looking into the concerns raised by him about Andhra Pradesh.

Though TDP and BJP contested the 2014 elections as an alliance the relations between the two started to sour after bifurcation of the state in 2014.

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Chandrababu Naidu and TDP chief said his party is ready to chart its own course if the BJP is not keen to continue with the alliance. "At the time of the state bifurcation, I was the only one who demanded equal treatment to both the states".

There were also rumours that BJP may shift their loyalty to YSR Congress, whose leader Jagan Mohan Reddy recently said his party would support BJP. if Andhra Pradesh was given special status.

This strategy would be announced after a meeting of TDP Parliamentary Party at the CM's official residence at Amaravati on Sunday. Calling TDP "an old ally", he said the BJP is "committed to the interests of Andhra Pradesh".

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When asked about growing closeness of YSRCP to BJP and possibility of forging alliance, Sujana Chowdary said, "It is their matter". Echoing the same, Anakapalle MP Avanthi Srinivas said for now they would not raise any other issue but make efforts to get the attention of the Central Government and see that justice is done to the State. It was also reported that the party and CM Naidu carried out an assessment of the pros and cons of a split with the BJP. It, however, forged an alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) headed by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. "So, we have to register our protest", he told the MPs.

Naidu noted that compared to the northern states, the budget allocations for the southern states were meagre. "Today, we plan to review our ties with the BJP", Kesineni Srinivas, Vijayawada MP, said.

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