We are extremely sensitive to special status demand by Andhra MPs

06 February, 2018, 14:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Mamata Banerjee

The ties between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are strained, with the former publicly expressing unhappiness over the Union Budget not offering any special benefits to Andhra Pradesh.

TDP sources said that at the party's meeting in Amaravati, CM Naidu apparently dissuaded his senior party colleagues from speaking about the fate of the alliance with and dwelt on the Rajasthan by-poll results where the tasted defeat.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Naidu and TDP MPs at Vijayawada on Sunday to deliberate their next course of action.

"We are discussing about budget, political alliance is different and state government development is different", said K.Rammohan Rao told media. On the other side, the main opposition party in AP Assembly, YSR Congress is acting even worse.


Chowdhary, on February 1, had warned that the TDP had three options before it, namely, (1) either try and continue the alliance (2) make their MPs resign and (3) simply terminate an association with the BJP and the NDA. The YSRCP lashed at the Centre and TDP alleging that both the parties are playing with the emotions and feelings of the people.

The TDP leader added that Andhra Pradesh was expecting more than the Rs1,330 crore it received for Polavaram, and was hoping for a new railway zone for Visakhapatnam, among other things. As of today it (the alliance) is just going on. He said nearly all of the TDP leaders had favoured snapping of ties with the BJP.

A Maharashtra BJP functionary, who did not want to be named, said the Sena leadership was deliberately fuelling this "speculation" about Naidu calling Thackeray. Sources said the meeting discussed the "injustice" heaped on the state in the proposals and there was a "strong mood" among TDP leaders to break away from the alliance with the Senior TDP leaders said off the record that nearly everyone, including many district unit chiefs, wanted the TDP to end the alliance with the after the "ignored" the state.

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