BJP row: Will NDA survive another year of discontent?

TD leader and Union Minister YS Chowdary

TD leader and Union Minister YS Chowdary

The meeting announced after TDP party, as well as Chandrababu Naidu, expressed their unhappiness over the Budget 2018 allocation to the Andhra Pradesh state. TDP leader and Union Minister Y Satyanarayana Chowdary said that its alliance with the BJP in Andhra Pradesh and the Centre was very much alive. The dissatisfaction of TDP leaders starts coming over the budget hardly a week after Naidu hinted at breaking alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "If the Modi Government failed to act in the interest of the State, the situation will be reviewed", said a senior leader.

"Many pressing state issues like railway zone, funding for Polavaram project as well as capital Amaravati are not addressed in the budget", he added.

He also hinted that the party politburo will once again sit and decide on whether to continue the alliance with BJP and to continue on NDA or not. "We will fulfil all that has been promised to the people of Andhra Pradesh". "Whatever is good for state, we'll do it", Srinivas had said.

A few senior state ministers, who were closeted with the chief minister after the Budget presentation, noted that the Centre only "meted out injustice" by not honouring any of the promises made over the past four years. The TDP chief also told his party leaders not to cross the line of discipline and asked them to "maintain dignity". At the meeting, Chandrababu Naidu reportedly told TDP MPs to use all possible means, including disrupting Parliament to mount pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government at the Centre.

"During the meeting, Union Budget 2018 and (the matter of) no allocations to Andhra Pradesh were discussed".

A meeting of the Telegu Desam Party's parliamentary board was called in Amaravati ostensibly to take a call on continuing in the BJP-led NationalDemocratic Alliance. Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had urged members not to disrupt the functioning of Rajya Sabha.

"It was all media speculation", Chowdary said when asked if the TDP was ready for a divorce with the NDA.

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