- Two TDP Ministers in Modi Cabinet have tendered their resignation
- But TDP will continue to support the NDA alliance
- It was earlier said that TDP had severed ties with NDA with non fulfilment of demand for special status to AP
Two ministers from TDP in PM Modi's Cabinet- YS Chowdary and Gajapati Raju have tendered their resignation. Sources said that the Prime Minister had accepted their resignations too. However, TDP has clarified that its coalition with NDA will continue. It was rumoured that TDP had severed its ties with NDA as special status was not granted to Andhra Pradesh, post bifurcation.
After the news of TDP cutting ties became evident, PM called Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu for a meeting, following which the ministers tendered their resignation, but it was decided that the coalition with NDA will continue. TDP is still hoping for a solution with regard to special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had called for an emergency meeting after PM Modi held talks with him.
Congress took the credit of giving Telangana to the Telugu people, who wanted a separate state. Now, TDP is all set to fight for special status to Andhra Pradesh, as prosperous Hyderabad was stripped of Andhra Pradesh.
Despite the TDP and BJP coalition in the state as well as in the Centre, the latter is accused of not taking the special status demand seriously. After news of Naidu planning to sever its ties with the NDA became viral, PM Modi held talks with the CM. Thus, it looks like the PM's charm worked to keep the coalition intact.
Another issue to be noticed is that NDA's coalition in Bihar with JD(U) also might run into problems since the leaders are demanding special status for Bihar too.
Bihar CM and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar also has repeatedly demanded special status for Bihar, but nothing has materialised in this regard yet.
In addition, the Shiv Sena, BJP's coalition in Maharashtra also has announced that they will support BJP in the state till the end of the year and will face next elections without the support of BJP.
Currently, in Andhra Pradesh, CM Chandrababu Naidu has called an emergency meeting of the TDP leaders. More details on the issue are awaited.
Last Updated 4, Apr 2018, 7:11 PM IST