Despite all the tough talkings in the past three days, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has decided to continue its alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) though party president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked his MPs to put up a strong protest in the Parliament against the injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Budget during the remaining days of the Budget session.
The party indicated it expects some overtures from the Centre in the the next four days. The climbdown came apparently after senior BJP leaders tried to be in touch with the TDP supremo and Union home minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, spoke to him over phone.
With only a year or so remaining before the elections Union minister for state and TDP Rajya Sabha MP Sujana Chowdary said they wanted the Centre to implement the commitments made under AP Reorganisation Act and by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“It is a continuous process. We have chalked out a programme, based on that he (Mr Naidu) has given directions but in the next 3-4 days we will resolve the issues. If they give us solutions well and good,”said Mr Chowdary after the meeting.
There had been quite a bit of tough posturing by TDP MPs after the state failed to get a mention in the Budget speech and there was no budgetary provision for the promises made under the AP Reorganisation Act. “These were all individual views. Our president never said it. We will fight it out internally,”said Mr Chowdary who ruled out pulling out of the alliance saying, “No divorce, you should only talk about marrying.”
However, according to party sources Mr Naidu asked the MPs to put up a strong show of protest and cause disruptions even at the risk of being suspended or thrown out of the Parliament and this would be the first phase of the protests against the injustice by the Centre.
Mr Chowdary denied that Mr Naidu spoke to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thakeray. Shiv Sena is the first BJP ally to declare it would go alone in the next polls.
He also said BJP president Amit Shah was yet to talk to Mr Naidu. Even though BJP leaders seemed to be taking a softer stance towards TDP senior leaders have denied that AP is being neglected and put up details of the total funds received by the state under Central schemes in the social media.
However, the provisions of AP Reorganisation Act, such as separate railway zone at Vizag or the budgetary provisions for the special financial package, it had announced in lieu of special category status have not been fulfilled so far by the Centre and the general mood in AP is quite hostile against BJP.
The BJP and the TDP are part of the ruling alliances in Andhra Pradesh and also at the Centre.