Naidu plans to lead his MPs' delegation to PM

Chandrababu Naidu

BJP ally TDP Chandrababu Naidu disappointed over budget, calls it “deeply disappointing”

"We will continue to condemn the Union Budget and mount pressure on the central government for assisting in various projects for Andhra Pradesh".

It is important to recall that TDP has been upset with BJP since the announcement of Budget 2018 by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as the party feels the budget was not favourable to the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Though TDP and BJP contested the 2014 elections as an alliance the relations between the two started to sour after bifurcation of the state in 2014. "All grievances of TDP will be heard and addressed, was Rajnath's assurance to Naidu", a TDP leader told TOI. He said Desam would raise the state's demands in Parliament if required. Talking to the media after the meeting, Union Minister Y Sujana Chowdary said it had been made a decision to exert severe pressure on the Centre in Parliament by acting aggressively to get funds under the Special Package granted.

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Stating that there will be no compromise on the state's interests, he said the future course of action would be decided by Naidu.

The TDP is BJP's biggest ally in the South.

TDP sources said that at the party's meeting in Amaravati, CM Naidu apparently dissuaded his senior party colleagues from speaking about the fate of the alliance with and dwelt on the Rajasthan by-poll results where the tasted defeat. The decision was taken in the crucial meeting which took place on Sunday in Vijayawada. 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.

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There were also claims that Naidu had spoken to Shiv Sena leaders, though Chowdary denied this.

The BJP, meanwhile, said it will resolve the matter with TDP leaders, ANI reported. "We will spell out a staggered strategy at our MPs' meeting tomorrow and, if possible, meet the PM to submit a representation on our demands", the CM is believed to have said, according to a minister who spoke to The Sunday Guardian on Saturday. "We will convince Naidu and the TDP not to think of severing their ties with the BJP or the NDA".

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