New Delhi, Mar 8: After Telugu Desam Party’s announcement of leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Reports said that the telephone call lasted 10 minutes and Naidu explained the PM reasons behind his decision to walk out of the coalition at the Centre. Two TDP ministers are scheduled to meet PM Modi later in the evening to tender their resignations. [Also read: TDP Ministers to Quit Union Cabinet Over Special Status to Andhra] Also Read - BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra Hospitalised With COVID-19 Symptoms
Naidu, in his address to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, had said that he visited the national capital 29 times to seek financial aid but resulted in vain. “I visited Delhi 29 times, requesting the PM to handhold AP, but to no avail. Funds flow for the new capital city and Polavaram project are meagre and promise on railway zone for Vizag remains unfulfilled,” said Naidu. [Also read: Allies no Longer Share Good Relation With BJP, Says Shiv Sena] Also Read - Virat Kohli Should Divorce Anushka Sharma For Making 'Pataal Lok': BJP Minister Nandkishor Gurjar Gets Trolled For Bizarre Remark
The party also alleged that finance minister Arun Jaitley failed to fulfill his promises made in Budget. Defending his stance, Jaitley had said the government will provide a status equivalent to special status. “We are committed to giving monetary equivalent of a special status to Andhra Pradesh. We are awaiting a response from the Andhra Pradesh government,” Jaitley said.
On Wednesday night, the TDP announced its decision to exit the NDA government at the Centre, peeved over Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s stance on the state’s demand for grant of special category status.
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, however, did not announce snapping of ties with the BJP and said he would take a call on this later.
The BJP also decided to pull out of the coalition government in Andhra Pradesh after two TDP ministers in the Union Cabinet — Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary — decided to quit.