TDP to pull out of NDA, two ministers likely to resign tomorrow

08 March, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Naidu said the two ministers will send in their resignations tomorrow morning as the centre had not kept its promises.

"On behalf of the 5 crore people of Andhra, I am demanding the Centre to fulfil our demands immediately", said Naidu. "However, in the last one-and-a-half years, we received virtually nothing under the package". I don't know what mistake I have done. But they ignored our requests.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister took to Twitter to say that he had tried to reach out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the latter was unavailable. Naidu had repeatedly insisted on special category state status for Andhra Pradesh following mounting pressure from the opposition.

Mr Naidu said the centre did not take into account the "sentiments of the people of Andhra Pradesh". "My OSD has conveyed it to the PM's OSD", Naidu said. "We stand by that", Mr Jaitley said. "We are fighting for our rights and there is nothing wrong in it", the CM added. Shah had invited the TDP leaders for talks. The overwhelming demand from them was that the TDP must snap ties with BJP.

"The government is ready to give the monetary equivalent of the special status to AP". "This is the first step".

The union minister explained the concept of centre-state financial contribution in the development of the state saying that the central government contributes 60% while state government contributes 40%. According to reports, the two ministers are likely to resign on Thursday. "Why are you (BJP) not responding to the needs of your alliance partner?" The main bone of contention was the special status issue. Lashing out at Modi for going back on promises made in the bifurcation act, he reiterated that the decision to enter into a pre-poll alliance with the BJP was made keeping the interests of the state in mind. On meeting the revenue deficit of AP, the FM said the Centre had already paid '4,000 crore. The move was aimed at "showing the BJP its place" as well as expressing solidarity with a significant chunk of the Muslim community that was opposed to the Bill in its present form.

Jaitely asserted he was very positive towards Andhra Pradesh, felt the state deserves the additional amount they were giving, and expected his friends on the other side to understand this.


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