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TDP insider says relationship with BJP strained over last couple of years

The relationship between the parties was further aggravated when the Union Budget did not allocate any funds for Andhra Pradesh.

A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) insider has revealed that the relationship between key NDA allies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and TDP has started turning bitter over the last two years, acoording to a report by Mint.

The differences between the parties came to the fore after Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu told a journalist in January that his party is ready to chart its own course if BJP is not keen to continue with the alliance and he was following coalition dharma by reining in his party leaders to not to make any statements.

Their relationship was further aggravated when the Union Budget did not allocate any funds for Andhra Pradesh, which the TDP was hoping to get for projects like Polavaram irrigation project and the future capital Amravati.

“Though it was not easy, our chief minister accepted the special assistance package, which was announced by the Centre in 2016. The Centre should have given us Rs 18,000 crore roughly in return or equivalent of what we would have got with the SCS,” Mint reported the TDP leader as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far avoided meeting with Naidu despite numerous attempts by the latter to do so.

However, political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy told the newspaper that TDP is not likely to walk away from the NDA but will instead probably portray that it will do what is necessary for the rights of Andhra Pradesh.
First Published on Feb 15, 2018 02:34 pm
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