Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM Modi tells TDP ministers 'I am with Andhra'

PM Modi tells TDP ministers 'I am with Andhra'

The resignation of the only two TDP ministers in the NDA government at the Centre was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday.

"The President, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and YS Chowdary from the union council of ministers with immediate effect", a statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Daggubati Purandeswari, former minister at the Centre and a senior BJP leader, found fault with Naidu for trying to shift the blame to the Centre for not fulfilling the promises made in the bifurcation act.

The two ministers resigned amid the ongoing tussle between the TDP and the BJP over the special status for Andhra Pradesh, out of which a new state Telangana was carved out in 2014.

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On its part, the BJP leaders have been arguing that granting Special Category status to any state prospectively is untenable in the light of the 14th Finance Commission report.

Earlier in the day, Narendra Modi also made a call to the TDP president.

"I felt very happy when the chief minister told me there was not a single complaint against me", he said. Speaking to his party leaders, Chandrababu opined that there is no proper response from BJP even after the pulling out of two of the Union Ministers from Modi's cabinet. Both Raju and Chowdury were careful in thanking PM for the help extended during their tenure in the cabinet. This is wrong. They angered the people, ministers and the chief minister.

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Chowdhry conceded that the Centre did meet some demands but Andhra Pradesh needed a lot of hand-holding because demands like special category status were major emotional and sentimental issues. They were detained by the Delhi Police when they tried to move towards the Parliament complex. The TDP had the special status issue, we don't have any single issue based on which we can pull out. If they really submit the letters, it means the TDP has recognized the three-year-long fight of the Congress. However, TDP has clarified that its coalition with NDA will continue. However, TDP will remain part of the ruling NDA alliance.

Meanwhile, the BJP reacted strongly to Naidu's comments against the NDA government. Apparently, the conversation was not successful in removing the irritants plaguing the TDP's ties with the BJP-led government at the Centre. "In 2018, one year before the elections again, he (Naidu) withdraws conveniently".

Later, speaking in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Srinivas said that his political career began in the TDP in 1982.

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