TDP, YSRCP demand special package for Andhra Pradesh in Lok Sabha

Katrina Barker
February 6, 2018

Hyderabad/Mumbai: N. Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is bitter that the Union budget had nothing special for Andhra Pradesh, but will stick with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for now.

Despite wide speculation that the two parties would snap ties, the TDP said earlier this week, that it had made a decision to continue with the NDA. The TDP and Chandrababu are only concerned about being in power, and not about the problems of the Andhra Pradesh state.

Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said he has not accepted a letter submitted by the TMC, the Akali Dal and the TDP because the members mentioned the names of the governors. He said nearly all of the TDP leaders had favoured snapping of ties with the BJP.

Though his critics say the TDP is just enacting a drama with regard to continuing the alliance with the BJP because he is scared of cases, a section of analysts say Naidu is definitely unhappy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for neglecting AP, but he is of the view that it would be politically disastrous for him if he withdraws from the NDA immediately. Moreover, the TDP seems to have realised that a tough posturing at this juncture could only jeopardise the southern state's interests at a time it relies largely on the Central support to convert various major projects like capital city Amaravati, Polavaram etc.into reality.

TDP leader and Union minister Y Satyanarayana Chowdary yesterday said that its alliance with the BJP in Andhra Pradesh and the Centre was very much alive.

In the high-level Parliamentary party meeting held on Sunday in Amaravati which lasted for over two hours, Naidu asked MPs to mount pressure on the Centre by disrupting the parliamentary proceedings, even if they face a possible suspension.

He is contemplating launching a pressure group within NDA by joining hands with the other allies of the BJP in other states. "Don't indulge in loose talk".

Govinda Govinda chant resounded at Lok Sabha today as TDP and YSRCP MPs staged protest against zero allocation in union budget2018 for Andhra Pradesh. I don't want all this. The TDP has 15 MPs in Lok Sabha.

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