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Wordy duel continues between TDP-BJP leaders in AP

Wordy duel continues between TDP-BJP leaders in AP

Hyderabad/Mumbai: N. Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is bitter that the Union budget had nothing special for Andhra Pradesh, but will stick with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for now.

"We are discussing about budget, political alliance is different and state government development is different", said K.Rammohan Rao told media.

That's why Union home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah telephoned to ask him not to take a "hard" decision, and hinting his state's demands could be favourably considered in the discussion on the Budget in Parliament.

He did not announce the breaking of ties with the saffron party for the next general election like the Shiv Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, did recently, though this was seriously speculated. "If the alliance does break, the party will go ahead and say that only Naidu can save AP from its problems as the centre is not giving funds", he said.

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"Whatever the Chief Minister decides we will stand by it, but we are not happy with the BJP budget, not happy with the budget allotted to Andhra Pradesh". Rajnath is said to have assured the MPs of the friendly party that he would arrange a meeting of the MPs or Chandrababu Naidu with the Prime Minister shortly. "We are with the TDP on this issue". "The demand for a railway zone there has also not been met", said a TDP MP not wishing to be named.

There are two other considerations - the BJP is not growing in Andhra Pradesh and can not be a thorn in the TDP's side in an election. It is undeniable that PM Narendra Modi and his colleagues in the BJP had vowed speedy implementation of sops assured in the AP Reorganisation Act and more, but nearly four years on, their U-turn on special category status to the state coupled with a bureaucratic approach to settle pending issues has created a negative perception among the people. When I met her, there were many speculations running through media.

The ruling BJP appeared to have not shown proclivity in severing alliance with the TDP but it desired to patch up differences.The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came forward pledging with a fulfilment of the assurances made earlier between them.