TDP quits NDA coalition: I did it for Andhra Pradesh, says Chandrababu Naidu

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Andhra Pradesh's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday pulled out of its alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre over the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to the state.

The TDP's decision to quit the NDA alliance comes a week after two of its ministers, P Ashok Gajapati Raju and YS Chowdary tendered their resignation on March 8.

The Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and other local parties had been expressing their discontent over the Narendra Modi-led Union government not giving special status to Andhra Pradesh. 

The party had been demanding special category status to the state which was promised by the Congress government during the bifurcation of the state in the 2014 election campaign. Strongly voicing the demand, public protests were held across the state since January 26, 2017.

The TDP would write to BJP president Amit Shah and other constituents of the NDA its decision to exit from the alliance and the reasons for it, the communique stated.

Following its decision to withdraw support from the BJP-led NDA this morning, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was to move a no-confidence motion in the House.

However, it was not taken up as the house was adjourned till Monday. The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, has been adjourned till 2.30 pm.

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# 2:39 pm: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan says, “It is not about pulling down government. Our intention is to discuss in Parliament the injustice meted to Andhra Pradesh.”

# 2:36 pm: “I wrote many letters to the Centre. Recently I gave a letter to PM Modi but nothing materialised,” says CM Chandrababu Naidu.

# 2:30 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said sentiment cannot increase quantum of funds. Telangana came into existence all because of sentiment. It is very powerful.

# 2:25 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: Bifurcation promises are not yet fulfilled.

# 2:10 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: made the decision to quit the NDA to protect the interests of the state.

# 2:09 pm: I took the decision, not for selfish reasons, but for interests of Andhra Pradesh. I went to Delhi 29 times in the last four years, requested many times but nothing happened.

# 2:39 pm: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan says, “It is not about pulling down government. Our intention is to discuss in Parliament the injustice meted to Andhra Pradesh.”

# 2:36 pm: “I wrote many letters to the Centre. Recently I gave a letter to PM Modi but nothing materialised,” says CM Chandrababu Naidu.

# 2:30 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said sentiment cannot increase quantum of funds. Telangana came into existence all because of sentiment. It is very powerful.

# 2:25 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: Bifurcation promises are not yet fulfilled.

# 2:10 pm: CM Chandrababu Naidu: made the decision to quit the NDA to protect the interests of the state.

# 2:09 pm: I took the decision, not for selfish reasons, but for interests of Andhra Pradesh. I went to Delhi 29 times in the last four years, requested many times but nothing happened.

'#BJP Talaq talaq talaq': #TDP continues protest in #Parliament Read @ANI Story | https://t.co/yGrQKlAOBR pic.twitter.com/NFJ22cEU2R

— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) March 16, 2018

#1:45 pm BJP's tally may drop by 110 seats, says Shiv Sena

#1:45 pm The Shiv Sena has taunted the BJP, saying the party's voteshare in the next Lok Sabha elections may drop by 100-110 seats going by current trends and bypoll results, and the party needs to look inwards rather than foreign countries. 

#1:40 pm Amid protests by opposition MPs, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day; Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

#1:30 pm When a no-confidence motion is moved 50 MPs should stand in its support & 50 MPs stood, but Speaker said it cannot be considered as House is not in order.

#1:15 pm So, I want to ask what does govt fear? They have huge majority in Lok Sabha: Congress' Shashi Tharoor on today's proceedings

#1:15 pm  CPI(M) supports no-confidence motion being brought against BJP govt. Its betrayal of the promise of special status for Andhra Pradesh is inexcusable. 

#1:10 pm  Its all-round failure & evasion of parliamentary accountability needs to be highlighted, tweets CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury(File Pic)

#We believe TDP is finding the going tough in AP, they are seeing a defeat for themselves in 2019 & they want to use this as an alibi to really retrieve lost political ground.

# Ques being asked in AP as to why AP CM took 4 yrs to realise that this is not working: GVL Narasimha Rao,BJP

#CPI(M) supports no-confidence motion being brought against BJP govt. Its betrayal of the promise of special status for Andhra Pradesh is inexcusable. 

#Its all-round failure & evasion of parliamentary accountability needs to be highlighted, tweets CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury(File Pic)

Letter of TDP MP Thota Narasimhan to Lok Sabha Secretary-General for moving motion on 'No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers' in the House. pic.twitter.com/Zwg5qge3Sw

— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2018

# Congress to support no-confidence motion against the Centre by Telugu Desam Party & YSR Congress Party: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President N Raghuveera Reddy

# TDP leaders CM Ramesh, Thota Narsimhan, Ravindra Babu and others address the media in Delhi after exiting NDA, say, 'BJP means 'Break Janta Promise,' also add that they will be moving a no-confidence motion on Monday.

It is unfortunate. We tried our best to be together but the present government ignored the sentiments & emotions of people of Andhra Pradesh, Emergency politburo was conducted in which TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu took decision to withdraw from NDA: YS Chowdary, TDP in Delhi pic.twitter.com/Vf8cKuVuQ2

— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2018

# TDP withdrew support from NDA, which did injustice to AP, TDP President Chandrababu Naidu took this decision in an emergency teleconference with party politburo members and MPs, which was unanimously supported.

# TDP to also introduce no-confidence motion against NDA govt: AP CMO

# BJP has cheated Telugu people, this time also they have succeeded in doing so, we will be moving a no-confidence motion (in the Parliament): KS Jawahar, Andhra Pradesh Minister

Our party will be moving no-confidence motion today (in Parliament). We have decided... we are out of the NDA: Thota Narsimhan, TDP MP pic.twitter.com/73StNsOjtF

— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2018

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