Will Raise AP's Case With PM Modi, Rajnath Tells TDP

A view of the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday

Proceedings in the Lok Sabha also had to be adjourned for around 10 minutes after members of the Telugu Desam Party protested, demanding special facilities for Andhra Pradesh again, PTI reported.

"As and when it is required, the chief minister and party chief will take the decision appropriately".

If Naidu can galvanise the support of all these forces, he can bring pressure on Modi, since the BJP will have tough time in the next elections and the BJP definitely needs the support of allies, say analysts. However, the YSR Congress' demands revolved around granting a special status to the state post reorganisation.

Secondly, the Centre would tighten its screw on release of funds for Naidu's projects like Polavaram and Amaravati (which would be released in different forms) by raising several queries and both the projects would come to a halt, causing vast damage to the TDP's electoral prospects. "So, if things don't improve, then we will strike", he said.

The TDP had branded the 2018 Budget proposals as "anti-people and corporate friendly", and a betrayal of the interests of Andhra Pradesh. "The next 20 days are important".




We stood by them even when everybody left.

A Shiv Sena functionary, who works in the publicity wing of the party, said that Naidu had called party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday morning. This is not how Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) treated NDA constituents.

He is contemplating launching a pressure group within NDA by joining hands with the other allies of the BJP in other states. He said nearly all of the TDP leaders had favoured snapping of ties with the BJP.

"Bengaluru, Mumbai and Ahmedabad got a substantial allocation for various projects but none of our projects, including the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Metro rail, got anything", one of the sources quoted Naidu as saying at the meeting. The Shiv Sena leadership is deliberately planting such stories about Naidu calling Uddhav Thackeray.

Though what transpired at the meeting was not immediately known, a TDP leader said talks were "helpful".

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