“The BJP alone has 275 members, including two nominated members, in the 536-member Lok Sabha and is supported by 56 members of the allies.”
NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre a week after two of its representatives resigned from the office of the Narendra Modi’s government and a day after the YSR Congress moved a no-trust motion against the Modi government.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was been upset with the centre for not granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh as promised after Telangana was carved out of it in 2014. Special status will mean a large infusion of central funds to help with the state government’s plans to develop its new capital Amaravati.
“We go according to principles. Our leader felt being part of NDA and moving a no-confidence motion would not be ethical. So we withdrew from the NDA and I have issued a letter on no-confidence motion to the speaker at 9.30 am,” Narasimham, the TDP’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha, told reporters.
The TDP’s decision to quit the NDA was taken unanimously by the party politburo. Yesterday, Mr. Naidu announced support for a no-trust motion against the Centre moved by YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy. The no-trust motion was moved against the Modi government over its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. It’s the first such move in the tenure of the NDA government.
TDP and YSR Congress have been agitating in both Houses over the special status demand and the former has even pulled its ministers out of the central government. YSR Congress MP Y V Subba Reddy gave the notice to the Lok Sabha secretariat for including the motion in Friday’s list of business. Government sources said the notice would need to be examined but would not make much headway unless a significant section of the opposition supported it.