After TDP's exit from NDA, BJP eyes growth in Andhra Pradesh

After TDP's exit from NDA, BJP eyes growth in Andhra Pradesh

The parties from Andhra Pradesh are protesting against the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

Shah is likely to review the political situation in Andhra Pradesh and strategize over the BJP's options in Andhra Pradesh, which sends 25 members to the Lok Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government received a minor jolt on Friday when a key ally, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), filed a no-confidence motion in Parliament. Similarly, then prime minister had made crucial announcements for Andhra Pradesh like SCS status, filling its revenue deficit and extending special assistance to backward districts of the state on the lines of similar packages being implemented at Bundelkhand region and Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi districts of Odisha.

The saffron party is of the view that TDP's decision to quit the BJP-led NDA was inevitable as the feedback reaching Mr Naidu was suggesting that the political graphs of TDP's arch rivals - Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress and Jana Sena's Pawan Kalyan - were rising.

Naidu further said that instead of addressing the issues raised by the state such as allocating special funds, bridging revenue gap or special category status as promised in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, Modi was using the Tamil Nadu template to pit YSRCP and Jena Sena against TDP. "This decision was taken unanimously", Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu said.

BJP's troubles with its regional partners come when the Opposition's attempt to band together ahead of 2019 has been expedited the party's loss in three Lok Sabha by-elections on Wednesday.

Mr Rao also took a potshot against the the TDP chief Mr Chandrababu Naidu as why the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister took four years to realise and leave NDA. Madhav is credited with bringing the most surprising victory for the BJP in Assam and Tripura, besides improving the party in Kashmir to form a coalition government with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) earlier. "The topic of Andhra Pradesh was more sentimental than factual". "Could you be kind enough to also share with us about the promises delivered to the people of Telangana? The slim victory of (1.7 percent) for the TDP-BJP combine in 2014 would have resulted in a third consecutive defeat for the TDP".

YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, meanwhile, said the TDP had "woken up" to the needs of Andhra Pradesh by moving a no-confidence motion. However, after Chandrababu Nadu's "conspiracy theory", his party has chose to withdraw support.

The TDP has not only moved its own no-confidence motion, but, is now non committal on supporting the YSR Congress sponsored move.

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