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AP special status: 2 ministers quit Union Cabinet; TDP to stay with NDA

New Delhi, Mar 8 (Deccan Chronicle): Two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers -- Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdhary -- submitted their resignation on Thursday following their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

TDP MP YS Choudhary addressing the media after resignation said that TDP will continue to be a part of the NDA but not take up any ministerial positions.

"I don't think it's fair on our part to expect PM to deal with these issues. It's for the concerned ministries to take up, already considerable amount of time has lapsed," he said.

On being asked on the possibility of BJP-YSRCP alliance, Choudhary said that it is a decision between those two parties.

"We have nothing to say on that, you can ask them," he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu amid rising tensions in the BJP-TDP alliance.

Naidu explained to the PM about reasons leading to central ministers’ resignation and the TDP withdrawing from the Union Government, TDP sources were quoted as saying by ANI.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary later met the Prime Minister and handed over their resignations.

Earlier on Thursday, Naidu claimed that he had tried to get in touch with the Prime Minister to inform about his decision of pulling out two TDP ministers from the Union Cabinet, but was unavailable.

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"As a courtesy and being a responsible senior politician, I tried reaching out to the Prime Minister to inform about our decision. He was unavailable," he said.

The decision was announced by Chandrababu Naidu at a press conference in Amaravati late on Wednesday after a meeting with his party ministers.

The decision came hours after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley suggested that grant of special status to Andhra Pradesh, a key demand made by Naidu, may not be possible.


Comment on this article

  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 9 2018

    No Money No Honey. Soon BJP will be filing for bankcruptcy as demand for higher package by bought MPs and MLAs of coalition to hold BJP flag in the assembly. Those Who Play By Money Will Be Killed By Money!!!!

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  • SMR, karkala

    Thu, Mar 8 2018

    It means Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is waiting for big cheque from BJP which got bounced before the state elections which he want encash before the state elections?
    BJP which forms alliance first with regional party to defeat the Congress from the power wanted to set party footprint firmly no mood to pay the dues for its support. It will be wake up call for Naidu, as party President Amit Shah already express his next target will be Tamil Nadu, Odisha both states overwhelmingly supported the center.
    Naidu destiny will be same as Shiv Sena and Biju Janata Dal in the coming days if keep continuing supporting NDA.
    Jai Hind

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 8 2018

    TDP is a Shameless Party ...

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