New Delhi, February 2: Trouble is brewing up in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as the Telugu Desam Party has hinted at quitting the alliance. Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, the second biggest alliance partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the NDA, has expressed displeasure over allocations for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018. The TDP has summoned an emergency meeting of the party MPs on February 4 to discuss the next course of action. Also Read - 'Name Change Virus?' Internet Explodes With Memes After Gujarat Govt Renames Dragon Fruit As 'Kamalam'
The TDP wants to make the Centre “realise” about its “strong displeasure”, a senior party leader said. “We are going to declare war. We have three options — first is to try and continue, second is our MPs resign and third is breaking of alliance. Will decide in meeting with the Chief Minister on Sunday,” party MP TG Venkatesh said. (Also read: Rajasthan Bypoll Results Just an Interval, Film in 2019, Shiv Sena Rubs it in Over BJP’s Dismal Show) Also Read - Dragon Fruit to be Renamed as 'Kamalam' by Gujarat Government. But Why?
TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the Budget with some senior ministers on Thursday evening and also held a tele-conference with party MPs. All the party leaders expressed “serious displeasure” over the Union Budget as it “gave nothing” to the state. Also Read - 'Bengal Maango Toh Cheer Denge': TMC's Madan Mitra Issues Violent Threat To BJP
Even Minister of State (MoS) for Science and Technology and TDP leader YS Chowdary expressed disappointment over the Union Budget. Chowdary said that issues including funding for capital Amaravati and other pending issues of Andhra Pradesh were not addressed by the Central government in the Budget. “We are disappointed with the Union Budget presented today. Many pressing state issues like Railway Zone, Polavaram project funding, Funding for capital Amaravati and other pending issues of Andhra Pradesh are not addressed in the budget,” the minister said.
According to reports, a couple of MPs reportedly suggested that they would quit their posts in protest but Naidu reportedly told them that everything would be discussed at the TDP Parliamentary Party meeting on Sunday.
A few senior state ministers, who were closeted with the Chief Minister after the Budget presentation, noted that the Centre only “meted out injustice” by not honouring any of the promises made over the past four years. “Jaitley seems to have completely forgotten Andhra Pradesh while presenting the Budget though we have given him a detailed report on the funds due from the Centre to the state,” Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said after the meeting with the Chief Minister.
“We are very much pained that the Centre turned a blind eye whereas Andhra Pradesh should have been looked at specially. We will let the Centre realise our displeasure. We will have no objection if it responds favourably. But if it continues to behave the same way it has been doing over the (past four) years…it is not justified,” Somireddy noted.
This comes a few days after Shiv Sena has decided to contest the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections scheduled in 2019 alone. According to the Shiv Sena, it has been demoralised by the BJP in the last three years. Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Shiv Sena will fight for its pride and contest the 2019 elections independently.
Shiv Sena, which is the junior partner in the coalition government led by the BJP in Maharashtra, had threatened several times in the past to walk out of the NDA government.