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TDP ministers may resign if Centre does not heed Andhra’s demands

A decision on whether to continue its alliance with the BJP will also be taken after March 5, Naidu reportedly said at the meeting.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: February 15, 2018 1:58 am
‘TDP ministers may resign if Centre does not heed Andhra’s demands’  TDP leaders also slammed Opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for announcing that YSRCP MPs would resign if the Centre does not give special status to Andhra by April 5.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has hinted that it may ask its two Union ministers to resign if the Centre does not accept Andhra Pradesh’s demands.

At a meeting with his Cabinet colleagues, senior MLAs and party leaders in Vijayawada on Wednesday, CM N Chandrababu Naidu reportedly said that if the Centre does not accept the state’s wishlist by March 5, he may ask Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary, the TDP’s ministers in the NDA government, to resign.

A decision on whether to continue its alliance with the BJP will also be taken after March 5, Naidu reportedly said at the meeting. TDP MPs should camp in New Delhi and keep up pressure on the Centre, he added.

“We don’t want to cling to our positions at the cost of Andhra Pradesh. If necessary, our central ministers and other elected members will resign if it helps Andhra’s cause,’’ minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said after the meeting.

TDP leaders also slammed Opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for announcing that YSRCP MPs would resign if the Centre does not give special status to Andhra by April 5.

“How many times has Jagan announced that his MPs will resign for special status?… His padayatra is not attracting the kind of attention he anticipated, so he is using his special status trick. Why resign only after April 5, why not now? By April 5, Parliament session will be over and the Speaker would need time to take a decision on the YSRCP MPs’ resignation, but by that time the general elections will be announced anyway,’’ Minister G Srinivas Rao said.

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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Feb 15, 2018 at 7:52 am
    The same reason and logic is applicable for TDP MPs also and just because LS 2019 elections are round the corner the TDP using this pressure tactics but BJP is aware of it and if TDP quit the vacancy will be filled by YSR to join BJP and with anti-incumbency factor coupled with confrontation with Centre it is TDP who is the loser !!! Also in the present scenarios of NOT coming together by the Political Parties against the BJP if they are voted to power the TDP will find it difficult ton get what they want and hope good sense prevails upon the AP CM to play his cards well this time and NOT to lose to his political opponents !!!
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