N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party on Friday announced it was leaving the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance days after the party quit the central government.
The TDP has also said that it will move a no-confidence motion against the government in parliament. The BJP’s current strength in the Lok Sabha is 275, wherein it needs 272 MPs for a simple majority in the House.
The party had won 282 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but since then it has lost seven seats in the bypolls bringing its majority to just 275.
The TDP’s threat to move a no-confidence motion against the BJP comes after the YSR Congress decided to do the same against the Narendra Modi government. However, the TDP said that its motion will be more perfect than that of the YSR. “We will now bring our own No-Confidence Motion which will be better and more perfect than that of YSR Congress,” TDP MP and a former minister in the Modi cabinet, YS Chowdary, was quoted by NDTV. The TDP has 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha.
Another NDA alliance partner, Shiv Sena, has already severed ties with the BJP at the Centre. The Shiv Sena, the Left parties and Congress have announced that they will support the no-confidence motion against the government.
“We have been supporting Special Category Status for AP since the beginning. We want that people of AP to get justice. When no-confidence motion is moved you have to talk about government’s failures, we contacting a lot of people,” Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress was quoted by ANI.
While walking out of the government, Naidu had alleged that he tried reaching out to Prime Minister Modi, but he didn’t take his phone call. Andhra Pradesh chief minister has been angry over the Centre’s refusal to grant his state a special status despite having promised to do so as part of the pre-poll alliance agreement, claims TDP.
When the TDP pulled out of the central government last week, it did not leave the NDA giving a window of opportunity for possible reconciliation. Analysts believe that what triggered the sudden move to sever ties with the NDA was the YSR Congress’ decision to move a no-confidence motion against the BJP government. It seems Naidu did not want to be outsmarted by Jagan Reddy of the YSR Congress in a fiercely competitive Andhta politics, particularly when the state goes to polls next year.