Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, a day after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief announced to pull out of the NDA government at the Centre due to inadequate allocation of funds for the state in this year’s Union budget.
Civil Aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Union minister of Science and Technology YS Chowdary later met the PM at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg and handed over their resignation letters.
Earlier in the day, Naidu had targeted the BJP government at the Centre for behaving as “callously” as the Congress government did during bifurcation in 2014. Addressing the budget session of the state legislative Assembly, Naidu added that regional parties have to take tough decisions to protect their interests.
In the wake of TDP’s decision to pull out of the government, two BJP ministers resigned from Naidu’s Cabinet this morning. Kamineni Srinivas, Health and Medical Education minister, and P Manikyala Rao, Endowments Minister, tendered their resignations to the chief minister this morning, ahead of the start of the state Budget session.
Late Wednesday evening, Naidu, in a press conference, expressed anguish over the denial of special status to the state and questioned the “humiliation and injustice” by the Centre. Naidu added that the party would take a decision on staying in the NDA at a later point in time.