Alliance with BJP on, says Desam

Marcus Newton
February 7, 2018

"AP is a deficit budget state and Akali Dal totally sympathizes with TDP and we completely believe central government is responsible for this injustice done to state of Andhra Pradesh".

Following the internal meeting on Sunday, TPD stated that will not snap ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, now one of the most formidable coalitions in the country, appears to be on shaky ground with members like the Telugu Desam Party threatening to walk out of the alliance.

BJP president called up TDP supremo and Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu and asked him not to take any "tough decisions". "The budget couldn't favour us... zero we got ... if they (the Centre) don't do anything, we should get out of the alliance, that's what Chandrababu Naidu yesterday said", TDP leader Rayapati Sambasiva Rao had told media earlier. "There has been no communication between Amit Shah and the CM either", Chowdary said.

Another senior Andhra BJP leader confirmed that some top ministers are directly in touch with them and discussions are on.

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The ties between the two parties have gotten worse in three years, ever since Andhra Pradesh was denied the special state status and the Polavaram project funding was found inadequate by the state government. They (the Centre) have done something, but much more needs to be done. "We have already taken up the issues with the Union finance minister, railway minister (on setting up a railway zone in Visakhapatnam)".

Naidu, who is also the TDP president, said there will be a fight on the injustice done to the state.

Speaking exclusively to News18 Network, Jaitley said, "We are implementing the Andhra Pradesh reorganisation package separately. Definitely, in the next 2-3 days we are hopeful everything will be resolved", he added.

On Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's purported conversation with Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the possibility of walking out from the NDA, Chowdary said such reports are "untrue". "If the BJP does not want to continue alliance then the TDP will on its own", Naidu had said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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