BJP-TDP row: Days after openly expressing its displeasure over the Budget 2018 for allegedly ignoring the interests of Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Teugu Desam Party is now set to up the ante against the government, this time inside Parliament. The N Chandrababu Naidu-led party has decided to step up pressure on the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre by “disrupting Parliament”, reported The Indian Express. However, the party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is also learnt to have appealed for calm and restrained TDP leaders from making any adverse comments, the report added.
On Friday, TDP MP TG Venkatesh had said that walking out of the NDA was one of the three options that the party was considering. The other two options before the party were to try and settle differences or the party resgining. “We are going to decalre war,” the TDP leader had said on Friday. Notably, Naidu had also expressed his displeasure, saying he was only keeping silent due to “coalition dharma”. “I am sticking to the coalition dharma and keeping quiet. I am also restraining my colleagues from speaking out against the BJP. But if they do not want us, I will say namaste and walk away. This is no way to treat a coalition partner,’’ Naidu said, as per the report. To discuss the future roadmap of the alliance and discuss the Budget 2018, Naidu had also called the meeting of party MPs, senior MLAs and party leaders in Amaravati on Sunday.
The development comes nearly two weeks after the Shiv Sena decided to go it alone in the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly polls. Though the BJP enjoys a comfortable majority and can form the government on its own, the saffron brigade can’t take the threats by the TDP lightly with 2019 Lok Sabha elections only a year away.
Naidu’s party is third only to the BJP and Shiv Sena in the NDA in terms of seats won in parliament. BJP, which fought the 2014 general elections with TDP as one of its allies, has two MPs and five MLAs from Andhra Pradesh.