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TDP withdraws support to Modi govt, moves no-confidence motion

Friday March 16, 2018 10:33 AM, & Agencies

Naidu with Modi

Amravati: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and has also decided to move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government, in the Parliament.

The decision was taken following a tele-conference conducted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu with his politburo.

Speculations that TDP will quit NDA were rife in the last week itself. However, Naidu directed his ministers to resign from the Modi government, saying it will remain in the NDA. Relation between TDP and BJP deteriorated further when Naidu claimed that he wanted to talk with Prime Minister Modi before taking a final call on TDP ministers’ resignation. Modi however did not come on phone.

On Thursday, addressing a teleconference with TDP MPs, Naidu hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the latter is using the same tactics he adopted in Tamil Nadu, now in Andhra Pradesh.

Mentioning how Modi had supported the O Panneerselvam faction against Edappadi Palaniswami in the 2017 feud between the two factions of the AIADMK party following the death of its leader J Jayalalithaa, Chandrababu said that he is repeating the same by pitting YSR Congress party’s YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan against him.

To counter this, Naidu had advised TDP MPs to support the no-confidence motion moved by YSR Congress party against the Narendra Modi government. The YSR Congress, which does not have sufficient numbers in Parliament to move a no-confidence motion, had reached out to floor leaders of all the opposition parties seeking their support against the NDA government.

YSR Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy also met the opposition party leaders and requested them to support the motion. Reddy sent a notice to Secretary General of Lok Sabha to include the no-confidence motion in Friday's proceedings.

But now TDP has decided to move its own no-confidence motion in Parliament on Friday. TDP has total 16 MPs in Lok Sabha. The strength of BJP in Lok Sabha has come down from 282 to 272 after its defeat in the recently held by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.

A majority of the members including MPs, MLAs and senior leaders had on Thursday told Naidu to quit NDA. “This is the final option. The CM is livid that instead of resolving issues faced by the state, the BJP is indulging in dirty politics that it played in Tamil Nadu,’’ TDP leader Kambhampati Rammohan Rao said.

Chandrababu Naidu was upset with the Modi government ever since Finance Minister Arun Jaitley failed to allocate the funds demanded by the TDP and other Andhra parties. The Andhra leaders are also upset with the Modi government because of its denial of "Special Status" to Andhra Pradesh promised in AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

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