Displeased with the centre’s way of allocating inadequate funds to AP and the delay centre is making over rectifying the issue day by day Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said that BJP is not considering the state as part of the country. (“AP not part of India says Nara Chandrababu Naidu”)
CM has also called upon a meeting of senior party leaders to decide the future course of action. This is the second time when Naidu expressed his resentment over budgetary allocation to the Southern state in a week.
The allocation also triggered a political battle among the alliance partners in Parliament. The leaders of Telugu Desam Party alleged that they have been cornered by the saffron party. The tensions between two parties are likely to deliver a blow to BJP ahead of crucial general elections next year.
TDP leader and HRD minister Ganta Srinivas Rao had threatened to move out of the coalition. However, such possibility was denied by BJP leaders. But the leaders of the ruling party at Centre are not happy with constant muscle flexing of TDP.
“Each time you concede their demand, they come up with new ones. There is a limit to how much you can do for one state when you have to deal with expectations from others too,” said a BJP leader.
The protests of TDP MPs resulted in adjournment of Rajya Sabha twice on Friday. When the House met for the day and papers were laid on the table, KVP Ramachandra Rao (Cong) walked into the Well of the House holding a banner that read: “Implement Special Category Status, Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the assurance given by PM on 20.02.2014.”
A group of TDP members soon joined him with their own placards and shouted slogans like “we want justice.” Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked members to return to their seats so that the zero hour could be taken up.