BJP’s ally in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party, has said that it will declare a war after expressing its displeasure over Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday.
“We are going to declare war. We have three options – one is to try and continue, two is our MPs resign and the third is to end the alliance. We will decide in the meeting with the chief minister on Sunday,” said TDP parliamentarian TG Venkatesh was quoted by ANI.
Another TDP leader and a union minister in the Narendra Modi government, YS Chowdhary, said that Chandrababu Naidu was upset over Andhra Pradesh was ignored in the budget.
“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,” Chowdhary, the Minister of State for Science and Technology, was quoted by NDTV.
The TDP has now called for an emergency meeting of party leaders on Sunday. The announcement comes just days after the party threatened to pull out of the alliance with the BJP.
Speaking to reporters last week, Naidu had said that he was adhering to coalition ‘dharma’ by reining in his party leaders from reacting to their statements.
“Because of coalition dharma, we are keeping quiet” Naidu was quoted by IANS. Naidu added, “If they don’t want us, we will do the namaskaram and chart our own course.”
“I have controlled my party men. I always tell them not to talk against them (BJP). If a party is in alliance, then one should not talk against each other. It’s not right. But some state BJP leaders are making several comments. The high command should take note or react. But if we are not needed, I fold my hands and we will go our way”, Naidu was quoted by News18.
Only a fortnight ago, the Shiv Sena had announced that it was parting ways with the BJP, adding that it will fight 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the subsequent assembly polls alone.