Political compulsion reason for Naidu's exit, says Minister Mahesh Sharma

The Telugu Desam Party pulled out of the Modi government earlier this week

Political compulsion reason for Naidu's exit, says Minister Mahesh Sharma

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has quit the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in New Delhi.

The BJP on Friday said the exit of TDP from the NDA was "inescapable after its naughty purposeful publicity against the Center" and declared that the last's exit is "an auspicious opportunity" for the saffron gathering to develop in Andhra Pradesh.

Madhav was speaking to media here after the meeting of Andhra leaders with BJP president Amit Shah. Similarly, then prime minister had made crucial announcements for Andhra Pradesh like SCS status, filling its revenue deficit and extending special assistance to backward districts of the state on the lines of similar packages being implemented at Bundelkhand region and Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi districts of Odisha.

The TDP, along with Jagan Reddy-led YSR Congress, moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in Lok Sabha.

Another party from the region, TRS, refused to join the bandwagon, saying both the parties were playing politics and they would not support the motion though they supported the demand for Andhra Pradesh's special status.

The union government exuded confidence that it has the numbers to ride out the crisis with BJP terming the decision by the TDP to quit the NDA "inevitable".

Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu took the decisions during a teleconference with the politburo mesenior party leaders and MPs on Friday.

The other opposition parties, like Congress and the Left, chose to support the no-confidence motion.

The letter, however, did not allude to about "collusion" between BJP and other parties (YSR Congress and Jana Sena).

The NDA alliance has suffered its first jolt as the TDP officially severed its ties with the BJP.

Initially, the main opposition party in Andhra Pradesh wanted to move the motion on March 21, but with indications that the Lok Sabha may be adjourned sine die ahead of schedule, it made a decision to move the motion Friday.

Responding to the tweet, the Telangana IT minister, K T Rama Rao asked, "Could you be kind enough to also share with us about the promises delivered to the people of Telangana?" The BJP is also concentrating its attack on TDP giving latter additional advantage to dominate the no-confidence discourse.

Odisha's Biju Janata Dal also backed the southern parties and extended its support to the no-confidence motion.

"When the Andhra parties bring a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, we will support it", Mohammad Salim of the CPI (M) said.

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