TDP to decide future of alliance with BJP

Chandrababu Naidu

TDP leader and federal Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Sujana Chowdhary told reporters that for the party the state's interests were more important than the alliance with the BJP.

Observers point out that Andhra Pradesh has reason to feel aggrieved as the Centre, which had earlier promised to meet the State's needs by making provisions in the Union fiscal budget, had conveniently overlooked those needs and had faltered in keeping its words.

The Telugu Desam on Sunday said its alliance with the BJP in Andhra Pradesh and the Centre was "on", days after expressing dissatisfaction over the "raw deal" for the state in the Union budget.

Speculations about the rift between the TDP and BJP began after the state didn't find any mention in the Union Budget, irking both the people of Andhra and the ministers.

Narasaropet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said that TDP MPs in the NDA fold were not respected by the BJP adding that he may even resign from the Lok Sabha in protest. Naidu did not speak to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, BJP's ally in Maharashtra, as some media reports claimed, the minister told reporters.

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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.

The TDP chief said the party's next course of action would depend on the response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Meanwhile upset with the "empty hand" to AP in the Budget, disappointed Naidu wants to chalk out a strategy to mount pressure on the NDA government. 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.

Shah met party leaders from the state on Thursday and discussed organisation related issues.

Chandrababu Naidu openly conveyed his displeasure in a cabinet meeting held the next day after the union budget at Amaravati.

Naidu noted that compared to the northern states, the budget allocations for the southern states were meagre.

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