BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday reportedly rang up Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu requesting him to not take ‘tough decisions,’ reported NDTV. The development came ahead of Naidu’s emergency meet with his party leaders to decide on the future his alliance with the BJP.Shah’s nervousness emanates from the fact that the Shiv Sena has already announced its intention to go alone in the next parliamentary elections.
Today’s emergency meeting was called after the Naidu’s TDP expressed its displeasure over the budget adding that it will declare a war. Meanwhile, the party has decided to not sever the ties with the BJP. The TDP, according to media reports, will wait until the end of the budget session hoping that the central government makes new announcement for Andhra Pradesh.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too is believed to have phoned Naidu requesting him to not break ties with the NDA.
“The people and the party are disappointed with the Union Budget. Many state issues like the Polavaram project funding and funds for capital Amaravati were not addressed in the budget,” YS Chowdhary, the Minister of State for Science and Technology, was quoted by NDTV.
Chowdhary had said that Chandrababu Naidu was upset over Andhra Pradesh being ignored in the budget.
Lack of Andhra-centric sops in the Budget has brought the rift between the TDP and the BJP out in the open in recent days, said a report by News18. Naidu was reportedly disappointed that Andhra Pradesh was denied promised financial assistance by the BJP-led Centre, despite the state reeling under financial crisis after bifurcation.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, TDP-BJP alliance had won 18 out of 25 seats. In assembly polls too, the alliance had won 103 out of 175 seats.
Narasaropet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said that TDP MPs in the NDA fold were not respected by the BJP adding that he may even resign from the Lok Sabha in protest.
“I am ready to resign from Lok Sabha to register my protest, the moment I get a signal from the party president. There is no respect for the TDP MPs in NDA, though we are alliance partners. The BJP listens only to the RSS, not its allies,” he was quoted by Hindustan Times.