TDP MPs readying for protest in Parliament

TDP MPs readying for protest in Parliament

As Naidu held a crucial parliamentary board meeting with the party MPs and senior MLAs to review the alliance, he reportedly received Singh's call with an assurance that he will make a statement about provisions earmarked in this year's Budget for Andhra Pradesh, reported The Times of India.

Ch RS Sarma Smarting over the alleged neglect to Andhra Pradesh in Budget 2018-19, MPs of the State's ruling Telugu Desam Party have chose to talk tough in Parliament on issues related to the State. Last week he also hinted at the breaking of a long alliance with BJP. "The CM said he is committed to maintaining the coalition dharma, but now the protests for justice for Andhra Pradesh should be out in the open rather than just sending requests and appeals", said TDP central committee member Kambampati Rammohan Rao. "Whatever is good for state, we'll do it", Srinivas had said. "The TDP will not break its alliance with the BJP-led NDA", party leader and Union minister YS Chowdary said after the meeting.

"We shall discuss the issues and try to get them resolved".

The BJP's biggest southern ally is upset over being ignored in the budget that was presented on February 1.

Meanwhile, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to have chose to take stock of the daily developments and to interact with his MPs twice a day, even during his scheduled visit to Dubai, beginning February 8. Asked if the two TDP ministers in the Union Cabinet were ready to resign if the state's demands were not met, Chowdary said, "As and when it is required, our CM and party president will take appropriate decision". "There is still scope for making changes in the budgetary allocations and we should pursue the policy of lobbying", he is learnt to have told Naidu. There is no respect for the TDP MPs in NDA, though we are alliance partners. "We hope that the BJP will realise that losing a friendly party like the TDP will work against its interests", TDP MP TG Venkatesh said. "We have already taken up the issues with the Union finance minister, railway minister (on setting up a railway zone in Visakhapatnam)".