AP special status: 2 ministers quit Union Cabinet; TDP to stay with NDA
Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that TDP will continue to be part of NDA.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu.
New Delhi: Two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers — Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdhary — submitted
their resignation on Thursday following their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
TDP MP YS Choudhary addressing the media after resignation said that TDP will continue to be a part of
the NDA but not take up any ministerial positions.
“I don’t think it’s fair on our part to expect PM to deal with these issues. It’s for the concerned
ministries to take up, already considerable amount of time has lapsed,” he said.
On being asked about the possibility of BJP-YSRCP alliance, Choudhary said that it is a decision between
those two parties.
“We have nothing to say on that, you can ask them,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo N
Chandrababu Naidu amid rising tensions in the BJP-TDP alliance.
Naidu explained to the PM about reasons leading to central ministers’ resignation and the TDP
withdrawing from the Union Government, TDP sources were quoted as saying by ANI.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology YS
Chowdary later met the Prime Minister and handed over their resignations.
Earlier on Thursday, Naidu claimed that he had tried to get in touch with the Prime Minister to inform
about his decision of pulling out two TDP ministers from the Union Cabinet, but was unavailable.
“As a courtesy and being a responsible senior politician, I tried reaching out to the Prime Minister to inform
about our decision. He was unavailable,” he said.
The decision was announced by Chandrababu Naidu at a press conference in Amaravati late on Wednesday
after a meeting with his party ministers.
The decision came hours after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley suggested that grant of special
status to Andhra Pradesh, a key demand made by Naidu, may not be possible.