TDP meet decides to stay in NDA, warns of protests


"During the meeting, Union Budget 2018 and (the matter of) no allocations to Andhra Pradesh were discussed".

"We are more interested in development of the state and welfare of people and whatever state reorganization act promises must be fulfilled". However, there are others in TDP like Union minister Sujana Chowdary and RS MP C.M. Ramesh who are of the view that TDP should not leave NDA and go with BJP in 2019. It was at the TDP parliamentary party meeting that few MPs asked Naidu about his reported telephonic conversation with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, wherein he reportedly said the BJP was ignoring its allies.

The TDP will not pull out of NDA "immediately" but would continue to raise in and outside Parliament the Centre's failure to allocate funds for Andhra Pradesh in the budget, party leader and union minister YS Chowdary said on Sunday. The hardline Maharashtrian party had announced two weeks ago that it would contest the next Assembly and General elections alone, though it has not yet quit the NDA.

The (TDP), a key ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Friday said it was disappointed with the Union but would not walk out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) just yet.

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Reportedly, Naidu is holding an emergency meeting on Sunday to rethink the party's alliance with the saffron party.

Asked if BJP chief Amit Shah had spoken with Naidu, he replied in the negative. Calling TDP "an old ally", he said the BJP is "committed to the interests of Andhra Pradesh".

Calling on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the 16-minute conversation, Singh, according to a TDP leader reassured Naidu that "all grievances of TDP will be heard and addressed". "So, we have to register our protest", he told the MPs. "Whatever is good for state, we'll do it", Srinivas had said.

There is a 'strong mood among TDP leaders to break away from the alliance with the BJP, the Press Trust of India quoted sources as saying. The CM made it clear to us there was no such conversation and TDP is firmly with the BJP, an MP said.