Hyderabad : After all the tough posturing in the last two days, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday decided not to part ways with BJP. However, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked his MPs to create as much ruckus as possible in the Parliament to demand what is due to the state as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. “Even at the risk of being suspended and thrown out of Parliament, protest and make yourself and the people of Andhra Pradesh who feel let down be heard loud and clear,” Naidu told the MPs at the TDP parliamentary party meeting. The meeting, held at Amaravati, was attended by all the TDP MPs except Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju.
Giving out details of the minutes of the meeting, Kambampati Rammohan Rao, TDP Special Representative in New Delhi and Central Committee member, said even though the CM was committed to maintain the coalition dharma, the protests for justice for Andhra Pradesh should be out in the open.
“In today’s meeting, it was decided that the TDP-BJP alliance issue will be discussed at a later date. Right now we have to focus on why issues like bridging revenue deficit, hastening funding for Polavaram project, additional funding for capital city Amravati and new railway zone for Visakhapatnam, have not been addressed by the Centre. The CM has asked the MPs to use all means possible to put pressure on the Centre and highlight our problems, including disrupting the Parliament even if they face the possibility of suspension. The CM said he is committed to maintaining the coalition dharma but now the protests for justice for Andhra Pradesh should be out in the open rather than just sending requests and appeals,” Rao said.
Spelling out the party’s strategy, he said from Tuesday TDP MPs would hold placards and protest in the Parliament against the Centre. “This is the stage one strategy. From Tuesday (Parliament is closed on Monday to condole death of an MP) our MPs will hold placards and protest in the Parliament. We will decide on what to do next after the Parliament session,’’ Rao said.
Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdhary said party never thought of snapping ties with BJP. “Don’t talk of divorce, let us talk of marriage only,’’ he said after attending the TDP Parliamentary Party meeting.