New Delhi, Feb 4: Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has decided to remain in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) for now. The decision was taken in the crucial meeting which took place on Sunday in Vijayawada. Addressing media after the meet, Andhra Minister YS Chowdary said,”The Union Budget and the absence of allocations to Andhra Pradesh were discussed in the meet. We will continue pressurising the centre for it. We will also raise the matter in the Parliament, if it is needed.”. Also Read - Won't Stand With Anyone Who Are Against Farmers: BJP Ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party Quits NDA Over Farm Laws
On being asked if Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu had telephonic conversation with BJP chief Amit Shah and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Chowdary clarified that he (Chandrababu Naidu) neither spoke to Thackeray nor had any communication with Shah. Also Read - NDA Ally Threatens to Quit Alliance Over Farm Laws, Cites 3 Demands
Naidu was apparently upset with the BJP over the poor allocation for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018 that was presented on February 1. 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. 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.
Earlier in the day, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav had said that the party and the Centre would soon be extending the olive branch to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to resolve his concerns in a mutually beneficial to both parties.
Terming TDP a valuable ally, Madhav had said,”There seems to be some kind of unhappiness, we will talk it out. TDP is an old ally of the BJP. We will tell them we are committed to the interests of Andhra Pradesh. We at the BJP are committed not only to address the TDP’s concerns with regard to the Budget proposals, but also, all other issues of concern that it may have. We will convince Naidu and the TDP not to think of severing their ties with the BJP or the NDA.”