Making good on its threat, N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday withdrew support from the NDA government over the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Naidu took the decision in an emergency teleconference with party politburo members and MPs this morning. The Indian Express had on Thursday first reported the TDP’s decision to walk out of the coalition.
The move follows the resignation of two of the TDP’s ministers — P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y S Chowdary — from the Union Cabinet on March 8. At the time, the TDP had not revealed its mind on quitting the coalition altogether. The two union ministers had quit after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
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Separately, the party will also move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha today. The no-confidence motion will be moved over the injustice meted out to the state, an official communique said.
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) had on Thursday given a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the government in Lok Sabha but TDP sources had told The Indian Express that the party would support its rival.
The TDP will now write a letter to BJP president Amit Shah and also other constituents of the NDA informing them of its decision and the reasons for it, the communique said.
TDP has 16 members in the Lok Sabha. Its pullout, however, does not threaten the coalition.
In a teleconference with his MPs on Thursday, Naidu is learnt to have accused the BJP of resorting to “collusion politics”. According to sources, he also said there was a strong anti-BJP mood in the country, as reflected in the bypoll results on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, BJP national spokesperson Narsimha Rao said the TDP’s decision to quit was inevitable after its mischievous propaganda against the Centre. “People of Andhra Pradesh have now realised that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept & inert governance.Far from being a threat, TDP’s exit is a timely opportunity for the BJP to grow in AP,” Rao tweeted.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision, “I welcome the TDP’s decision to leave the NDA. The current situation warrants such action to save the country from disaster,” she tweeted.