It has been quite a difficult time for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance after this year’s Union Budget. However, amid the growing cracks between the parties, the TDP today decided not to snap ties with the BJP. But, irked over the BJP’s attitude towards Andhra Pradesh, state CM and TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu had cried foul in front of NDA’s other allies. According to The Times of India, Naidu even went ahead and called up Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday and both the leaders exchanged views on the BJP’s stance towards partners.
Naidu told Thackeray that TDP was sore over the “step-motherly” treatment meted out by the BJP to its regional friends. TDP leaders are upset with the saffron party over poor allocation for the state.The TDP has repeatedly appealed for additional funds and incentives for Andhra Pradesh which seems to have been ignored in the Union Budget. Naidu had also told Thackeray that the general mood in the TDP is to sever ties with the BJP and contest the 2019 Lok Sabha and the state assembly polls on its own strength.However, today after a Parliamentary meeting at Amaravati, TDP decided not to break the alliance with BJP. But said that they would first raise issues concerning the state with the Centre and try to get them addressed.
Relations have soured between BJP and TDP in the last three-and-a-half years over issues like denial of special category status, delay in the release of funding for Polavaram project and insufficient funds for the construction of its new capital, Amaravati. Hence, TDP had high hopes from BJP in this year’s budget.
The story is the same for NDA’s other ally- Shiv Sena. Uddhav Thackeray had recently announced that his party would go solo for the 2019 parliamentary and assembly elections. Both BJP and Shiv Sena were facing issues including farmers’ woes, demonetization, GST, price rise and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train for the last two years. The Shiv Sena had contested the 2014 assembly polls and the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls on its own. Shiv Sena joined the BJP-led state government after the assembly polls.