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TDP upset with Budget, but won't snap ties

05 February 2018

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.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu called the party meeting to decide the next course of action. TDP sources said that some of the MPs came down heavily on the Centre and they even suggested that two TDP Union Ministers should quit from the Union Cabinet. TDP is the second largest Party after BJP in the NDA. "We don't know what's in their minds", he said. It has nothing to do with the Budget.

"People (of Andhra Pradesh) are looking forward with anticipation".

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Reports said the Telugu Desam Party chief is holding a meeting to reconsider its alliance with the BJP led NDA at the centre.

He had demanded that the Centre do the handholding to help the state overcome revenue deficit and ensure level playing field at par with other states.

At the TDP Parliamentary Board meeting in Amaravati, Naidu said that the party would begin its fight by raising the issue in the Parliament, sources revealed to IANS.

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During Sunday's meeting, the budget and no allocations to Andhra Pradesh were discussed, Chowdary told media.

Singh's call may have saved the situation for the time being, but Naidu has clearly asked his MPs not to turn down the heat against the Centre. Sources said the meeting discussed the "injustice" heaped on the state in the proposals and there was a "strong mood" among TDP leaders to break away from the alliance with the Senior TDP leaders said off the record that nearly everyone, including many district unit chiefs, wanted the TDP to end the alliance with the after the "ignored" the state.

"Our utmost priority is State interests".

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"The BJP is allocating funds to the states where the party is ruling and has benefit in the upcoming elections". Only implementation will be our demand. Since a great injustice was done to Andhra both at the time of bifurcation and after, our motto is to achieve promises made on the floors of both Houses.

TDP upset with Budget, but won't snap ties