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TDP gives notice in Rajya Sabha, wants discussion on special package for Andhra Pradesh

By Deepika
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    The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Monday gave a notice for suspension of all business in Rajya Sabha, demanding a special discussion on the reorganisation package for Andhra Pradesh.

    Chandrababu Naidu

    The move comes a day after the TDP decided to remain in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and said it will continue to demand a special package for Andhra Pradesh.

    TDP MPs also staged protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament urging the Centre to take steps to fulfil bifurcation promises and pending issues for Andhra Pradesh.

    The TDP, which met at the residence of the Chief Minister and party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, decided to "fight internally" to ensure that Andhra Pradesh, which is desperately in need of Central assistance for construction of the capital city Amaravati, Polavaram project etc, gets its rightful share.

    After the meeting, Andhra Minister YS Chowdary confirmed that the Union Budget 2018 and no allocations to Andhra Pradesh were on the agenda. "TDP will not to break alliance with BJP-led NDA," he told PTI.

    Chowdary said that the party was not happy about the budget allocation or lack of it. "We will continue pressurising the Centre for it. We will also raise the matter in the Parliament if it is needed," he added.

    After the budget, Naidu had expressed "serious displeasure" over the Union budget and wondered why the Centre ignored the state. "Bengaluru, Mumbai and Ahmedabad got a substantial allocation for various projects but none of our projects, including the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Metro rail, got anything," one of the sources quoted Naidu as saying at a party meeting on Thursday.

    "At the time of the state bifurcation, I was the only one who demanded equal treatment to both the states. Though gross injustice was done to Andhra on account of bifurcation, I aligned with the BJP only because having good relations with the Centre could undo the injustice," Naidu apparently told the TDP leaders.

    An upset TDP pitched its senior leader Chowdhary to tell the media in no uncertain terms that it was unhappy over no monetary allocation for Andhra Pradesh.

    The BJP is facing crisis in ties with TDP only days after shortly after Shiv Sena parted ways after a long partnership and a loss in Rajasthan bypolls.

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