New Delhi, Mar 28: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that he will bear any insult for the sake of the people and his state. In a teleconference with TDP MPs, Naidu said, “I am asking for justice. Instead of giving that, the Centre and BJP are counter-attacking us. I am willing to bear any insult for the sake of people and the state.”
As a mark of protest against the Central government, Chandrababu Naidu and other MLAs attended the state Assembly session wearing black badges. They were protesting against the Central government over a Special Category Status for AP. The decision to wear black badges was taken in an all-party meeting convened by the CM, news agency ANI reported.
Last week, the TDP tabled a no-confidence motion against the Modi government. The party also asked its MPs to continue the ‘fight against injustice’ in Parliament.
Earlier, the TDP chief hit out at BJP chief Amit Shah, saying that he had been spreading lies about Andhra Pradesh that hurt the sentiments of the Telugu people. “TDP had won local body elections before bifurcation. After bifurcation, people were in an insecure position. We allied with the BJP for the welfare of the state. Amit Shah in his letter wrote that we quit NDA for political reasons. But we did so in accordance with people’s aspirations,” Chandrababu Naidu said.
His remarks came hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah wrote a letter to the Andhra Pradesh CM and termed his decision to snap ties with NDA as “unfortunate and unilateral”. “This decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It’s a decision; I am afraid, will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of developmental concerns,” Amit Shah wrote.
With 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the TDP — the second biggest ally of the BJP after the Shiv Sena (18) — announced the decision to exit from the NDA after Naidu held a politburo meeting through teleconferencing with his MPs in Delhi. The Modi government, however, said it had the numbers in Parliament to defeat the motion. On March 8, the TDP had pulled out its two Ministers from the Modi government.