Amit Shah dials Chandrababu Naidu while TDP rethinks alliance with BJP


Last week, Naidu had issued an ultimatum to the BJP chart its own course if the BJP did not wish to continue with the alliance.

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday reportedly rang up Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu requesting him to not take 'tough decisions, ' reported NDTV. Meanwhile upset with the "empty hand" to AP in the Budget, disappointed Naidu wants to chalk out a strategy to mount pressure on the NDA government.

He had demanded that the Centre do the handholding to help the state overcome revenue deficit and ensure level playing field at par with other states.

This was indicated by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at a meeting of the party's coordination committee on Friday, the sources said.

He had said the TDP had been waiting for four years for the BJP to help the state come out of the hard situation created by its division.

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The TDP, incidentally, is not the first NDA ally to have developed a strained relationship with the BJP. "There is still scope for making changes in the budgetary allocations and we should pursue the policy of lobbying", he is learnt to have told Naidu.

When asked about growing closeness of YSRCP to BJP and possibility of forging alliance, Sujana Chowdary said, "It is their matter".

On Thursday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu voiced his displeasure over the "raw deal" meted out to the state to fulfil the commitments made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

"I am ready to resign from Lok Sabha to register my protest, the moment I get a signal from the party president". It was also reported that the party and CM Naidu carried out an assessment of the pros and cons of a split with the BJP. "We will spell out a staggered strategy at our MPs' meeting tomorrow and, if possible, meet the PM to submit a representation on our demands", the CM is believed to have said, according to a minister who spoke to The Sunday Guardian on Saturday. "We hope that the BJP will realise that losing a friendly party like the TDP will work against its interests", TDP MP TG Venkatesh said.