Special category status: TDP quits NDA

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NEW DELHI: TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu pulled out of the NDA on Friday over the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh. The party also gave a separate no-confidence notice against the Centre in Lok Sabha.

 

The decision was taken following a tele-conference conducted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu with his party members.

"We have decided to move out of NDA. The support has been removed. We gave them (BJP-led NDA) time to change their mind, but nothing happened," senior TDP leader CM Ramesh said, following which BJP said that TDP's decision was inevitable after "its mischievous propaganda" against the Centre.

In a statement, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) confirmed the move and said that TDP has decided to quit NDA, and the decision was unanimously taken by party politburo. Naidu alleged that the BJP and PM Modi are "trying to weaken regional parties".

TDP leaders CM Ramesh, Thota Narsimhan, Ravindra Babu and others addressed a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, 16 March, after exiting the NDA.

'The BJP means 'Break Janta Promise,'" they said, adding that they will be moving a no-confidence motion later in the day.

The party will also move a no-confidence motion against the Centre, in the Parliament, today.

Meanwhile, the YSR Congress has written a letter to Lok Sabha Secretary-General for moving a motion on 'No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers' in the house.

Sources said that almost all of the party’s MPs and MLAs have backed the decision as this is the only logical next step in their demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh. Party leaders are of the view that the party must take all decisions that are of the best interest for the state, they said.

On Thursday, the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in his state assembly speech said: "If necessary, we will support the no-confidence motion against the Centre, whoever may place it."

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said his party would support anybody who moved a no-confidence motion in the state's interests.

The BJP and its Andhra ally TDP have been sharing a sour relationship following the announcement of the Union Budget 2018-19, over the issue of granting 'Special Category' Status to Andhra Pradesh.

While the TDP has been alleging that the Centre neglected the state in the budget, the BJP rejected the charges and said the Centre not only fulfilled all its obligations but also went out of its way to help the state.

The TDP MPs have been regularly staging protests in the Parliament over the issue.

On the direction of Naidu, two TDP Ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S.Chowdary also resigned from the Union cabinet.

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