TDP finally exits NDA over special status for Andhra Pradesh

Hence, the central government now can not extend special status to any new state.

Earlier, speaking in the state Legislative Council on a short discussion on implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act, the Chief Minister explained the reasons for the TDP exiting the NDA. Other Asian markets were also in the negative zone as investors fret over the prospect of a global trade war, accelerating selling pressure on the domestic bourses, brokers said. Hence, the regional parties are constrained to co-operate against the political arrogance displayed by so-called national parties.

The decision was taken following a tele-conference conducted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu with his politburo.

The Modi Government is unlikely to be affected, but the incident came a day after it lost two key electoral seats in India's biggest states. Gowda said the BJP had lost the assembly elections in Delhi and Bihar soon after the general elections in 2014.

The Hindu nationalist party had swept to power in 2014 with 282 members of parliament. All Samajwadi Party members turned up donning the party's red cap and likewise did nine Rajya Sabha members who gathered in the gallery to greet their two members for defeating BJP in its strongholds.

Thota Narasimham of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YV Subba Reddy of YSR Congress submitted notices of no-confidence motion to the Lok Sabha Speaker. "It will be easy for us to muster support of 51 MPs (required for the motion to be taken up)", Chandrababu said. "We are ready to take up no-confidence motion, confidence motion or any other discussion on the floor of the House", he said. The debate itself will place the government in the dock and while it is no ones case that the government will fall, or even come close to it, it will feel the heat even in a House where the Opposition has minima; numbers. He said that the central government has been waiting endlessly to extend the needed support to the state.

Although the Constitution did not have any provision to grant special status to any state, the former Planning Commission-body National Development Council made a decision to help states with funds which were historically disadvantaged compared to others. But, it will not in any way liberate the BJP from the self-imposed isolation in the state politics. The AP CAM has alleged that PM Modi and BJP are "trying to weaken regional parties".

But the BJP remains defiant.

NEW DELHI: the dramatic exit of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has set the proverbial cat among the pigeons with the Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) taking potshots at the one-upmanship of the ruling BJP.

The Congress, Trinamul Congress, the Left parties and the AIMIM have announced their support for the no-trust motion, which hurts the government's prestige.

But Modi's approval ratings still remain high. A TMC leader said the YSRCP had not reached out to the party yet. But as far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, the Centre should have been more compassionate. Its MP Chandrakant Bhaurao Khaire said the Modi government doesn't consult allies on key matters while previous BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee always carried allies with him.

  • Leroy Wright