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TDP decision to quit NDA guided by political considerations: Shah

TDP decision to quit NDA guided by political considerations: Shah

"BJP president Amit Shah has said the Telugu Desam Party quitting the NDA was 'guided by wholly and exclusively by political considerations" instead of developmental concerns and it was "unfortunate" and "unilateral".

Amit Shah further wrote in letter that, that Naidu's assertion that the BJP is "insensitive" to the aspirations of the Andra Pradesh is "untrue and baseless".

Shah, in the letter, had dubbed Naidu's move to sever ties with the NDA after the Centre declined to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh, as "unfortunate and unilateral".

He said the decision "will be construed as being guided wholly and exclusively by political considerations instead of developmental concerns".

Speaking in the state Legislative Assembly, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief alleged that the BJP chief tried to misrepresent the facts, hurting the sentiments of the Telugu people.

Amit Shah letter came after the two TDP leader left the Union Cabinet and the party pulled out from the BJP-led NDA alliance at the centre. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had also criticised this year's Budget last calling it a "big disappointment as there was no mention of our state".

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"You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and in Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both states", Shah added. "I would like you to introspect whether political parties should be pitting sentiments and development against each other to further their political agenda", Shah lashed out. Does that not show that Modi Government has been sensitive to the needs of the state?' he said. Read Also: YSR Congress MP threatens to serve privilege notice to N Chandrababu Naidu for remark on PMO Naidu warned the BJP MLAs in the state that they would be on the wrong side of history if they choose to support their Delhi leadership instead of standing by the people of the state in this hour of crisis. "But unfortunately, the mandate earned together by both the parties is allowed to be squandered for political reasons", Shah said.

"The total award of funds to AP under tax devolution and grants under various heads during the 14th Finance Commission (2015 to 2020 which broadly corresponds to the tenure of the present NDA government) is Rs 2,44, 271 crore", Shah wrote.

He said the BJP chief wrote the letter without complete understanding of the problems faced by the state.

On March 8, the TDP pulled out its two ministers - Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Chowdary - from the Narendra Modi government.