Snapping the Knots of Alliance
Days after two of its ministers quit the Narendra Modi government protesting for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today formally decided to break the ties with NDA. This twirl and development in Andra Pradesh politics are significant as it comes after BJP faced disappointment in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Araria constituency in Bihar.
Union ministers - P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y S Chowdary - had quit on March 8 after a meeting with the prime minister over the AP Reorganization Act, 2014.
The TDP is the second NDA ally to walk out of the ruling alliance after former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. The problems within NDA have been growing since Shiv Sena passed a resolution to the effect that it will not be part of the alliance for the 2019 general elections and the next Maharashtra polls.
The decision has been made unanimously by the TDP Politburo during a teleconference with party supremo and Andra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. TDP has notified to move a no-trust motion as well. Naidu had spoken to TDP MPs via teleconference during which he blamed BJP for doing “collusion politics".
In light of the recent by-poll, he has claimed that there were strong anti-BJP sentiments in the country which is evidently seen in the results. He also added that the TDP MPs and TDP leaders are fighting for self-respect, rights of Telugu people, and implementation of promises made to the party.
The no-confidence motion notice was only signed by YSRCP MP Y V Subba Reddy. Though the party has nine MPS in Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha Secretariat has reacted to the notice as well. YSRCP president Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to Opposition leader seeking help in the “fight for justice”. He has threatened that party would move a no-confidence motion against the central government on March 21. He has also warned that his MPs would resign on April 6 if the Modi government failed to act.
Why this outcry for the special category status to Andra Pradesh became the biggest matter of concern now? is it just a political agenda by Naidu and his party to gain people's vote by evoking their sentiments in the upcoming elections? Though the politics behind this move is uncertain, how far it will help 'Telugu' people is yet to be seen.
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C