Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

TDP, YSRCP demand special package for Andhra Pradesh in Lok Sabha

Opposition members protest inside the Rajya Sabha at the parliament in New Delhi on Friday Opposition members protest inside the Rajya Sabha at the parliament in New Delhi on Friday
Andrew Cummings | 06 February, 2018, 14:50

After two of the Bharatiya Janata Party's allies, including TDP and Shiv Sena, expressed doubts on the party's alliance, a third ally Akali Dal has imposed faith on Akali Dal and BJP's "unbreakable bond".

A TDP leader from Andhra Pradesh, who did not want to be identified, said his party is on the verge of leaving the alliance, but is still testing waters with the hope that things might still get sorted out. Sources said the meeting discussed the "injustice" heaped on the state in the proposals and there was a "strong mood" among TDP leaders to break away from the alliance with the Senior TDP leaders said off the record that nearly everyone, including many district unit chiefs, wanted the TDP to end the alliance with the after the "ignored" the state. It should be noted here that during the TD Parliamentary Party meeting, Rajnath Singh called Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and assured him that all issues would be resolved. The TDP sources said that according to Naidu, the by-poll results are a clear example that people will be unsparing if governance is not good. We are old ally of BJP. "Though gross injustice was done to Andhra on account of bifurcation, I aligned with the only because having good relations with the Centre could undo the injustice", Naidu apparently told the TDP leaders.

"Allies including N Chandrababu Naidu and Shiv Sena are upset because they haven't received any accommodation till now". It had said that its concerns were of a serious nature and need to be addressed effectively and promptly. However, the YSR Congress' demands revolved around granting a special status to the state post reorganisation. It is being reported that the party and Chief Minister Naidu have already carried out an assessment of the pros and cons of a split with the BJP.

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The delegation, comprising Union Ministers - P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary - and MPs - K Ramamohan Naidu, Nimmala Kistappa and Thota Narasimham - met Singh in New Delhi. Last time, the Muslim vote had gone to the YSR Congress as the Congress party was seen as a weak rival to keep the BJP away.

'The completion of the prestigious Polavaram Project (Andhra Pradesh's lifeline) by 2019 is highly sceptical.

The BJP is reportedly concerned about gaining a toehold in South India.

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