Telugu Desam MPs to up the ante in Parliament

Telugu Desam MPs to up the ante in Parliament

"We were given clear instructions from our party central leadership to maintain the coalition dharma but at the same time take forward the message that the Centre has been helping Andhra Pradesh all these years, irrespective of any budget allocations".

Observers point out that Andhra Pradesh has reason to feel aggrieved as the Centre, which had earlier promised to meet the State's needs by making provisions in the Union fiscal budget, had conveniently overlooked those needs and had faltered in keeping its words. Last week, Naidu had issued an ultimatum to the BJP chart its own course if the BJP did not wish to continue with the alliance.

Amid talks of growing rift between the BJP and key ally N. Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP, BJP president Amit Shah held a meeting with party leaders from Andhra Pradesh.

According to a senior party leader, the TDP is not going to pull the plug on the alliance but only wants to make the Centre "realise" about its "strong displeasure". He said Desam would raise the state's demands in Parliament if required. If there is no response then we will decide", he said."We are upset over the lack of proper budgetary allocations.

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Meanwhile, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to have made a decision to take stock of the daily developments and to interact with his MPs twice a day, even during his scheduled visit to Dubai, beginning February 8.

Before the meeting, leaders of the TDP, which is the BJP's biggest ally in the South, remained non-committal about the future of the alliance. "As and when it is required, the chief minister and party chief will take a decision appropriately".

Chowdary's remarks came in the backdrop of TDP MLAs and MPs publicly marking their dissent against the BJP. The Andhra CM is learnt to have conveyed to them that the ill-treatment in the budget is becoming an issue of self-respect for the Teluguspeaking state. It was also reported that the party and CM Naidu carried out an assessment of the pros and cons of a split with the BJP. Reportedly, Rajnath told - "We understand your concern". Naidu is suspicious of the BJP cosying up to his political rival YS Jaganmohan Reddy, president of the YSR Congress Party, who told a national TV channel a few days ago that his party was not averse to forging an alliance with the saffron party.

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