TDP all set to come out of NDA, Central minsters resigning

Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan

Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan

The drastic decision of the TDP may not have come as a shock to the BJP, which has already conveyed to its two ministers in the Andhra Pradesh cabinet to be ready to quit any moment. He renewed his plea to the Centre for a helping hand till his state develops on par with the neighboring states.

Noting that Andhra Pradesh is "a special case", he said that the Centre should provide industrial incentives to it as is done for northeastern states. But he was not reachable.

Chandrababu Naidu is expected to make an official comment at around 10:15 pm or late into the night. Jagan Mohan Reddy has made special category status an election issue for the party. "India is a Union of states, and the states will sustain only if there is a strong Union", he said, adding "keeping the Union strong is also part of my mandate". Posts are not important for us. He later tweeted: "It is my belief that if the opposition stands united on this issue, we can force the BJP government to do justice to the people of Andhra". The BJP MLAs also discussed how to react if Chandrababu Naidu levelled allegations against the BJP. "The TDP has been an ally of the BJP for four years now and has done nothing to protect the interests of Andhra Pradesh", senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh and former union minister M M Pallam Raju said. "When the goal of joining the union cabinet hasn't been fulfilled, it's best to resign now".

Naidu's announcement comes hours after Union Minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre is unable to fomally bestow special status on Andhra Pradesh. Competitive federalism will be a non-starter if states don't wean themselves off central largesse.

Jaitely asserted he was very positive towards Andhra Pradesh, felt the state deserves the additional amount they were giving, and expected his friends on the other side to understand this.

Naidu also tweeted to inform that their objective of joining the Central government has not been fulfilled.

TDP members demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh at Parliament House. Andhra Pradesh has also been given ₹2,500 crore to build its new capital as well as ₹5,000 crore for the Polavaram irrigation project. He said now N-E States and three hill States are provided 90 per cent from the Central resources and 10 per cent are borne out of their own in respect to all Central schemes. "The 14th Finance Commission never said special category status should not be given to any state", he said.

However, according to 14th Finance Commission, there is no special category status now to be given but the Centre is committed to offering the monetary equivalent to this status to the state.

"It is a simple formula".

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