TDP (Telugu Desam Party) leaders today protested outside the Lok Sabha, demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile a TDP MP is reported to have hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. Reports suggest that JC Diwakar Reddy accused PM Modi of trying to “suppress” N Chandrababu Naidu. “Chandrababu has emerged as the main enemy to Modi. Hence, Modi is trying to suppress Chandrababu, I personally feel,” he has said. Speculations are rife over whether TDP will eventually pull out of NDA if no consensus emerges on this issue. TDP is seen as being unhappy at the Narendra Modi government for not providing the desired funds to the state after Telangana was carved out of it.
However, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu has said that his party (TDP) will not pull out of NDA. Instead he has suggested that the TDP will adopt a ‘PPP’ (plead, pursue and petition) approach to secure the special status for his state. On Monday, members from TDP and opposition YSR Congress virtually joined hands in Lok Sabha to demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh. As soon as the House met for the day, members of the YSR Congress trooped into the Well holding placards and raising slogans seeking special category status for Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress party has called for a state wide bandh today.
The political fight erupted after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had last week ruled out a special status for Andhra Pradesh. Jaitley said that instead of giving special constitutional entitlement, the government is inclined to “handhold” the state until it can became economically stable. Jaitley, while acknowledging that Andhra Pradesh lost revenue after Telangana was carved out, said that the Centre has limited resources.