BJP president called up TDP supremo and Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu and asked him not to take any “tough decisions”.
Days after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) expressed “extreme disappointment” following Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s last budget before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah dialed TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday.
Reportedly, Naidu is holding an emergency meeting on Sunday to rethink the party’s alliance with the saffron party. According to sources Shah called up Naidu and asked him not to take any “tough decisions”.
Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, called for the emergency meeting with members of TDP – BJP’s biggest ally in the South – two days after the party leaders made a string of remarks to break up from the alliance with the saffron party. They allege that Andhra Pradesh was ignored in the 2018 budget.
Earlier on Saturday, BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav asserted that the saffron party is committed to the alliance with Naidu’s TDP. “TDP is an old ally of BJP, we will talk it out and tell them we are committed to the interests of Andhra Pradesh,” said Madhav.
Madhav’s remark came a day after Naidu called a meeting of the party’s leaders and lawmakers to discuss the “injustice” to Andhra Pradesh in the latest budget. Sources claimed that the AP CM started making calls within minutes after the conclusion of Jaitley’s 2018 budget speech in the parliament.
TDP parliamentarian Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said, “The budget couldn’t favour us… zero we got … if they (centre) don’t do anything, we should get out of the alliance, that’s what Chandrababu Naidu yesterday said… if he decides, then we will resign and come out.”
Alleging that the central government has been tight-fisted, even after promising help to fund capital Amaravati and Polavaram, the TDP had been in a bitter relation with its ally BJP since Naidu took charge as Chief Minister, four years ago.
Stating that TDP is ready to break its alliance with the BJP, if the ruling party at the Centre wishes to, Naidu told last week, “Because of coalition dharma, we are keeping quiet. If they don’t want us, we will do the ‘namaskaram’ and chart our own course.”