BJP to counter TDP claims on Union Budget

Amit Shah dials Chandrababu Naidu amid TDP stir

Amit Shah dials Chandrababu Naidu amid TDP stir

A day after the Budget was tabled in Parliament, Naidu held consultations with senior Ministerial colleagues and would soon consult party MPs.

After public posturing on the issue of Andhra Pradesh being "neglected" in the Union budget, a crucial meeting of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday announced that it would not cut ties with the BJP.

Miffed with its alliance partner over the Budget, TDP MP TG Venkatesh even declared "war" on BJP on Friday. The CM Chandrababu Naidu is highly unsatisfied and disappointed with the Government budget because he stated that the funds are not allotted for various projects to Andhra Pradesh. So CBN and MPs made a decision to voice out in parliament and outside the parliament and express their dissatisfaction on BJP's treatment to AP state.

The BJP and the TDP are part of the ruling alliances in Andhra Pradesh and also at the Centre.

Speculations about the rift between the TDP and BJP began after the state didn't find any mention in the Union Budget, irking both the people of Andhra and the ministers. In the Parliamentary Board meeting, it was chose to fight for the rights of Andhra Pradesh even if it means stalling the Parliament. TDP is an old ally of the BJP.

"I am ready to resign from Lok Sabha to register my protest, the moment I get a signal from the party president".

There were also claims that Naidu had spoken to Shiv Sena leaders, though Chowdary denied this. "We will spell out a staggered strategy at our MPs' meeting tomorrow and, if possible, meet the PM to submit a representation on our demands", the CM is believed to have said, according to a minister who spoke to The Sunday Guardian on Saturday.

Before the meeting, several TDP leaders openly declared their dislike for BJP and wanted TDP to break the alliance. "We have already taken up the issues with the Union finance minister, railway minister (on setting up a railway zone in Visakhapatnam)".

Naidu is upset with the allocation of funds for the state in the Union Budget 2018 despite its request for additional funds.

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