As cracks in Bharatiya Janata Party-Telugu Desam Party alliance emerge, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is chairing a TDP parliamentary meeting today in Amaravati. As per a report, the Chandrababu Naidu led-TDP is unhappy after the Union Budget this year in which Naidu is 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 by the Union Budget, due to which the Chief Minister, with party MPs, senior MLAs and leaders will review the party’s ties with its ally BJP.
According to The Indian Express, Naidu will first hold a meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Committee and later meet MLAs and leaders to discuss whether the alliance with the saffron party should be continued. Kesineni Srinivas, MP from Vijayawada said that TDP is upset over the saffron party’s treatment towards the state. “There’ll be a detailed discussion between CM & party MPs. We are more interested in the development of the state & welfare of people & whatever State Reorganization Act promises must be fulfilled. Whatever is good for the state, we’ll do it,” Srinivas was quoted as saying by ANI. Other enraged TDP MPs too said that if BJP isn’t concerned about them, then why should we continue our ties with the NDA.
BJP, however, seems to be in a mood to chalk out the differences with its ally. “There seems to be some kind of unhappiness, we will talk it out. TDP is an old ally of BJP, we will talk it out with them & tell them we are committed to the interests of Andhra Pradesh,” BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said.
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.