TDP exits NDA, ministers to resign from Modi govt tomorrow

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TDP may end ties with BJP, withdraw from govt

Naidu made the announcement just hours after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed that it was hard to give "special status" to Andhra Pradesh.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has chose to pull out two its ministers - A. Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Chowdary - from the Union Cabinet.

All that hype about Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's Speech in the state Assembly on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address is fizzed out. This comment didn't go down well with the TDP, a party that came up out of the blue in Andhra Pradesh in the 1980s in response to Rajiv Gandhi's alleged insult of the then T Anjaiah. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state's health minister Kamineni Srinivas inaugurated the feeder ambulances in Amaravati for Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) areas as many habitations do not have good road connectivity. "At no stage has the Centre said that we will not give it", he added.

Whether it is special status or special category, the monetary advantage that Andhra Pradesh will get by way of a special package, will remain the same. For special category states, the expenses for Centrally sponsored schemes are shared in the 90-10 ratio between the Centre and state compared to the 60:40 ratio in the case of other states.

We have been raising the matter since the day of budget.

Although the TDP had previous year given up its demand of special category status in lieu of the special package announced by Jaitley, in recent days it once again raised the issue. Referring to the agitations, Arun Jaitley said during the media briefing that they would not help increase the size of financial assistance and he ruled out granting SCS to Andhra Pradesh.

"On behalf of the 5 crore people of Andhra, I am demanding the Centre to fulfil our demands immediately", said Naidu.

"What is the implication of special status?". Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made clear the Centre's stand against according Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Naidu said the centre did not take into account the "sentiments of the people of Andhra Pradesh".

Jaitley said, "We are willing to satisfy every condition".

On revenue deficit, he said Rs 4,000 crore has already been paid for 2014-15 and only Rs 138 crore remains.

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