Naidu-led Andhra Pradesh’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quits NDA over special status

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On Friday, the Andhra Pradesh’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has formally decided to quit the NDA, days following two of its MPs resigned as ministers in the Narendra Modi government to protest the Centre’s refusal to grant Special Category Status to the state. The TDP has 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha and it might impact NDA’s total number in the lower house.

The PTI reported that an official statement said the party will also move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government over the injustice given to the state. The N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and the YSR Congress are not satisfied that the Centre has not given special status to Andhra Pradesh. The TDP coming out of the NDA coalition hasn’t come as big surprise as speculations were already high on the same, seeing two TDP members quit the Narendra Modi ministry in Delhi on March 8. Including two nominated MPs, BJP has 275 MPs in the Lok Sabha. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister Naidu announced yesterday support for a no-trust motion against the Centre moved by YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy.

TDP and YSR Congress have been stirring in both Houses over the special status demand and the former has also drawn its ministers out of the central government. The government sources revealed that the notice would require to be examined but would not take much progress except an important section of the opposition supported it. Jaganmohan Reddy stated that if the Centre continued reluctant to grant special category status to the state, then all MPs of his party will resign on April 6.

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