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Posted at: Feb 10, 2018, 1:41 AM; last updated: Feb 10, 2018, 1:41 AM (IST)

TDP keeps up ante, pact with BJP under threat

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9

The TDP-BJP alliance appears to be under threat. The NDA’s southern ally has rejected Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s assurance on its demands regarding Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, on a day the TDP again marked its protests inside and outside Parliament and accused the BJP of not “following the coalition dharma”, another NDA ally, the Akali Dal, supported its demands on the floor of Parliament.

Speaking during the discussion on Union Budget in the Rajya Sabha, Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral said the government must honour its commitments to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Speaking to the media, TDP leaders said they were feeling insulted over the way the party had been treated by the BJP. However, any decision as regards alliance would be taken by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Lok Sabha MP Rammohan Naidu said they had been agitating for the past five days, but the government had not paid any attention. “They should understand that we are agitating because our demands are genuine. What we are asking for is our right. It is not an overnight demand, but what we having been saying for past four years,” he said

Naidu said PM Modi not making any assurance to the TDP had made them feel “even more insulted. They (BJP) has not done anything to address our genuine grievances or extended any helping hand,” the Srikakulam MP said.

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