Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP exits NDA: The TDP pulled its two ministers out of PM Modi’s government last week over Andhra special category status.
HYDERABAD: N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) walked out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
coalition on Friday over financial support for Andhra Pradesh, delivering a huge blow to the BJP ahead
of the 2019 national election.
Mr. Naidu’s party will also ask for a no-confidence vote against the government in parliament, deciding
against playing second fiddle to rival Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, which submitted its notice on
“I took the decision not for selfish reasons but for the interests of Andhra Pradesh. For four years I
made all efforts, went to Delhi 29 times, asked many times. This was the center’s last budget and there was
no mention of Andhra Pradesh,” Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said in the Andhra assembly.
Later, in the assembly, Mr. Naidu directly blamed PM Modi, saying “He is responsible for injustice to
The TDP, which was the first party to extend its support to the BJP in 2014, has 16 members in the 545
-member parliament; its exit hits the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) not by numbers but in
“Far from being a threat, TDP’s exit is a timely opportunity for the BJP to grow in Andhra Pradesh,”
said the BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao, declaring that his party would replicate its Tripura success in
Andhra Pradesh, where elections will be held next year.
Last week, the TDP pulled its two ministers out of the central government but had stopped short of walking
out of the alliance. Mr. Naidu had said he tried to reach out to PM Modi but he “did not come on the
line”. But he left a door open for reconciliation.
Jagan Reddy’s no-trust motion, which threatened to eclipse his party, is seen to have accelerated his
The BJP had been resigned to divorce – keeping up efforts to placate its largest ally in the south even
as it was seen to flirt with Jagan Reddy’s party – but the pullout adds to its troubles after its Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar bypoll debacle. In UP, the party suffered an unthinkable defeat in Gorakhpur, the long-term
base of its Hindutva mascot Yogi Adityanath.
The Shiv Sena, another partner which announced separation recently, declared that “the Modi wave is
Yesterday, Mr. Naidu reportedly told his party leaders that the bypoll results reflected an anti-Modi
and anti-BJP wave.
The Chief Minister also said the BJP was trying to use Jagan Reddy and Jana Sena boss Pawan Kalyan
against the TDP.
The four-year BJP-TDP alliance crashed as Mr. Naidu escalated his campaign for special category status to
Andhra Pradesh as promised after Telangana was carved out of it in 2014. Special status would mean a
large infusion of central funds to help with the state government’s plans to develop its new capital