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Indian govt's coalition partner pulls out its two federal ministers

09 March 2018

Despite the TDP and BJP coalition in the state as well as in the Centre, the latter is accused of not taking the special status demand seriously.

The two TDP MP and union minister met the Prime Minister at his residence at on Thursday evening after PM Modi had spoken to Chandrababu Naidu. The Prime minister told Naidu that "let us sit and discuss the matter".

According to TDP Sources, "AP CM Naidu explained to the Modi about reasons leading to central ministers' resignation and TDP withdrawing from Union Government".

President Ram Nath Kovind of Friday accepted the resignations of TDP ministers from the Modi government, a day after they stepped down in protest against the Centre's failure to give Andhra Pradesh a special status category. The TDP was among the parties opposed to the carving out of Telangana as a separate state out of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

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His shadow loomed large even on the BJP's national executive and Naidu was in the habit of making good use of any opportunity for public relations.

While BJP can let go of TDP in Lok Sabha, as it has a clear majority in the Lower House, but it will suffer in Rajya Sabha.

Andhra BJP chief K Hari Babu said a separation would also help his party expand its reach in a state where it has always been a marginal player. This was followed by the resignation of two BJP Ministers from the Andhra Cabinet on Thursday morning. The party, in fact, has been growing politically stronger with successive wins in recent state elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. He said we were working well together and he thanked us for our contribution.

Jaitley had said yesterday that giving special category status, as demanded by Naidu, to any state apart from those in the North-East and three hill provinces was not constitutionally possible after the implementation of the 14th Finance Commission recommendations.

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"The splintering of NDA is only a reflection of that philosophy of and the Bharatiya Janata Party (which leads the National Democratic Alliance)", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

He said despite the Centre sanctioning funds for NIT in Tadepalligudem, the delay in completion of the boundary wall is causing delay in commencing the works. Either the Centre or the State will make department-wise budgetary allocations and spend funds as per need.

"Naidu is very smart; he will not take any decision so soon, and will decide only at the last minute".

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Indian govt's coalition partner pulls out its two federal ministers