Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Day after TDP exit, Amit Shah meets Andhra BJP MLAs

Day after TDP exit, Amit Shah meets Andhra BJP MLAs

In yet another blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday officially severed ties with the coalition government. They are concerned that the country's oldest political entity is hopelessly outmanoeuvred by the strategists of the Lotus party over the last four years since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014. The parties from Andhra Pradesh are protesting against the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP decision - two days after the BJP lost both the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh and one in Bihar - came as a game of one upmanship went on with its rival in Andhra, the YSRCP, which has also tabled a similar motion in the Lok Sabha.

The choice comes against the scenery of the Center not just declining to concede a unique classification status to Andhra Pradesh, however Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley going ahead to completely preclude any such probability. He asked film actor turned politician and Jana Sena Party Pawan Kalyan why he is criticising him instead of questioning the Centre for not granting Special Category Status (SCS). He may be relieved of the BJP state president responsibilities.

The decision was taken by Naidu in a teleconference and was unanimously passed by party politburo. Our leader felt being part of NDA and moving a no-confidence motion would not be ethical.

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The TDP chief wrote a letter to BJP president Amit Shah informing him of quitting the alliance. Strangely, YSR Congress leaders who have given a notice for no-confidence motion are themselves expressing great faith in the honourable PM.

By extending their support to the no-confidence motion, the Opposition parties have ensured that the TDP and YSR Congress are not left short of the required support of a minimum of 50 MPs to get their motion admitted. As the YSR Congress preponed its decision to move the no-confidence motion, Naidu hurriedly took the decision to pull out of NDA. "The topic of Andhra Pradesh was more sentimental than factual". People of AP have now realised that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept & inert governance. Such a diabolical stand is despite Naidu himself announcing that his party would not even hesitate to support the Jagan's motion. TDP's exit is a loss for the TDP, not the BJP.

Soon after papers and reports were laid during the Zero Hour, Mahajan said she has received a notice for no-confidence motion.

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