Live updates from the Lok Sabha as Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress move the motion of no confidence against the BJP-led NDA government.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters that the Centre had done a lot for the state and was willing to do more than the special category status, asserting that his party will explain its position to its people.
Stalin, who is also leader of the opposition in the Assembly, said the AIADMK regime should not let such an opportunity go by.
Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, responded to questions about the no-confidence motion moved by TDP after it broke away from the BJP-led NDA following the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh.
Without TDP’s Members of Parliament, the ruling NDA’s number has been reduced to 315 in the Lok Sabha. However, it remains stable and well above the 272-mark.
The government exuded confidence that it has the numbers to ride out the crisis with BJP terming the decision by Andhra Pradesh's ruling party to quit the NDA "inevitable".
This blog will keep you posted about developements in the NDA-TDP conflict. Stay tuned for LIVE updates.
According to sources, TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naid may also call on BSP chief Mayawati and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in a bid to forge new alliances.
His announcement came amid indications that the TDP, which recently pulled out its ministers from the Narendra Modi government, was toying with the idea of quitting the NDA.
The decision on whether to quit the ruling alliance in the Centre will be taken at a politburo meeting on Friday.
The TDP MP said the division of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 was done in a "hasty, unjust and unscientific manner".
"Parliament may be adjourned sine die in the next couple of days after the Finance Bill is hurriedly passed. So, you should raise all our issues and discuss them on the floor of the House," Naidu said.
State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu also told reporters that TDP has decided to 'expose' the Centre on what it has done or not done to the state -- as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 -- by putting out relevant facts and figures before the people.
“Shiv Sena will do everything according to its own schedule,” said Thackeray late on Thursday evening, in reaction to the rift between BJP and its NDA ally TDP.
This blog will keep you posted about the developments in Andhra Pradesh after the Centre’s decision to not award a special status.
Here's a look at the sequence of events leading to the weakening alliance between the TDP and the BJP.
Likening the decision to an unfortunate divorce, Chowdary, the Union minister of state for science and technology, said he and Raju, Union civil aviation minister, would continue to work as parliamentarians for Andhra Pradesh.
Top government sources said that there is not much left to speak to Naidu. “Rajnath Singh is not planning to reach out to him anymore. Amit Shah will later decide on party level regarding BJP next step, but as far as government is concerned, TDP is on way out,” they said.
The decision comes as a protest by the party against the Centre’s decision to not award special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Naidu lashed out at the Centre saying it was "insulting the sentiments" of the people of the state by not honouring the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and also in Parliament.
Protests by the TDP and YSR Congress MPs continued in the Lok Sabha regarding centre's assistance to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
After the Shiv Sena severed ties with BJP in Maharashtra, Telugu Desam Party has also threatened to walk out of NDA.
This comes a day after the TDP decided to remain in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and said it will continue to demand a special package for Andhra Pradesh.
Asked if BJP chief Amit Shah had spoken with Chandrababu Naidu, YS Chowdary replied in the negative.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government is keen on implementing its electoral promise of farm loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh, which could cost the state exchequer anywhere between Rs 27,000 crore and Rs 36,000 crore.