New Delhi: Two Telugu Desam Party (TDP ) ministers resigned from the central government a day after Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu indicated his party was considering a divorce with the National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
This was preceded by the resignation of two BJP minister from the Andhra Cabinet after Naidu on Wednesday said the TDP would pull out from the NDA government over the centre’s refusal to give special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
Politicians in the TDP say the party had weighed several options, such as pulling out of the NDA, MPs resigning and ministers quitting the government, and it was decided that the divorce should be a step-by-step process. If their demand is not met even after pulling out the ministers, the TDP will consider quitting the ruling coalition.
The BJP has rejected Naidu’s charge that the central government led by Narendra Modi neglected Andhra, saying the Centre not only fulfilled all its obligations but also went out of its way to help the state.