The Telugu Desam Party was the National Democratic Alliance's third-largest constituent in the Lok Sabha with 16 MPs, and its only ally in the south. The decision to pull out NDA was taken following a tele-conference conducted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with his party members. It is only right that we fight collectively, it is the principle we are fighting on. "I do not see any reason for this no-confidence motion", he added. Naidu told politburo members that the TDP would seek support of other parties for the no-confidence motion. Despite the fall out between the BJP and TDP, many observers felt that both the parties had figured out a way to separate in a friendly way. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister Naidu announced yesterday support for a no-trust motion against the Centre moved by YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy. Attacking its former ally, the BJP spokesperson further claimed that the TDP has made a decision to quit NDA to divert people's attention from the failures of Naidu government. V. L. Narasimha Rao after the development.
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The government said it was ready to face the no-confidence motion. However, the TDP said that its motion will be more ideal than that of the YSR. On a rough count, the ruling NDA - minus TDP - appears to have the support of 315 members in a House with an effective strength of 538. It support base is very critical of the BJP and while the party is not challenging the alliance at the moment, its strength has also come under a question mark.
In fact, TDP was forced to withdraw its two ministers after the YSR Congress began taking up the issue of special category status for AP in the parliament vociferously. "Its all-round failure and evasion of parliamentary accountability needs to be highlighted", party's general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a statement.
"What has an economic offender to do in PMO?" he asked, reiterating the allegation that the YSR Congress was acting at the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party.
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"We were promised a Special Status by the government at the time of bifurcation". We want that people of the state to get justice.
In the almost four-year rule of the BJP-led NDA alliance, this was the first time that no-confidence motion notices have been moved against the government.
Extending support to the motion, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet, "I welcome the TDP's decision to leave the NDA".
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