TDP now takes its protest to Parliament

Violet Powell
February 6, 2018

The meeting comes in the aftermath of a phone conversation between Chief Minister of the state, N Chandrababu Naidu, and Rajnath Singh. Last time, the Muslim vote had gone to the YSR Congress as the Congress party was seen as a weak rival to keep the BJP away.

Govinda Govinda chant resounded at Lok Sabha today as TDP and YSRCP MPs staged protest against zero allocation in union budget2018 for Andhra Pradesh. The MPs, according to sources, expressed their displeasure over the "injustice meted out to AP in the Union Budget". Singh assured the TDP that he would discuss their grievances with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It seems set to continue its protest on Tuesday too. Naidu held a teleconference with collectors of all the districts and conveyed to them that the Centre had not made any specific allocation to the state. They (the Centre) have done something, but much more needs to be done. Addressing the party workers, he said both Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan are fearing to face the BJP government over SCS. On Sunday, Veerraju called the TDP a party of corrupt people, ruling the state after dethroning a great leader (NT Rama Rao).

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He did not announce the breaking of ties with the saffron party for the next general election like the Shiv Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, did recently, though this was seriously speculated.

"As and when it is required, the chief minister and party chief will take the decision appropriately. I am confident that things will be fine", Union minister and TDP's parliamentary leader Y.S. Chowdary told reporters after the meeting. The TDP has been demanding special economic assistance in lieu of Special Category Status (SCS), funds for capital building at Amaravati, completion of Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project, creation of railway zone with Visakhapatnam as headquarter and financial aid to make up the revenue deficit on account of state bifurcation.

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