Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

TD team meets Rajnath Singh, likely to meet PM also

TD team meets Rajnath Singh, likely to meet PM also

As reports circulated that the Naidu government was supposed to be working with its rival YSR Congress whose leader JM Reddy recently talked about helping or supporting the BJP if the State of Andhra Pradesh should be given a special status.

The TDP, which is the BJP's biggest ally in the south is disappointed that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget did not address the state's needs.

Singh met the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) party delegation on Monday and assured them that he will discuss their grievances with the Prime Minister.

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It was the Shiv Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, which first announced the season of discontent, stating that it will go it alone in next year's national election and assembly elections in Maharashtra. In Rajya Sabha too, the TDP members staged similar protest.

On Friday, member Sanjay Raut said the Gujarat elections were a trailer and the BJP's losses in the Rajasthan by-polls the interval.

Notwithstanding Chandrababu Naidu's orders to stay tight lipped over Somu Veerraju's remarks, a few TDP leaders couldn't resist as they launched no-holds-barred attack on the BJP MLC. Besides, the TDP is confident of winning the Muslim vote, as was demonstrated in the Nandyal byelection. TDP party leader CM Ramesh told NDTV, "We have been given a raw deal and we will be disrupting parliament from tomorrow if our demands are not met". Many leaders and citizens have criticized the centre for ignoring the state in the allocation of funds to the state. "We are with the TDP on this issue".

Lately, the Akali Dal has also spoken of "coalition dharma" and supported the TDP's cause. Soon after, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana wrote about other NDA constituents including the TDP feeling unhappy with the BJP. This is partly because the allies realise the ruling party is faltering.

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