Several party leaders said that they are not happy with the centre budget session 2018.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will not be pulling out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the time being, but will use its entire arsenal to corner the Narendra Modi government inside and outside Parliament on the raw deal meted out to Andhra Pradesh, especially in the recent budget.
Apparently, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh are learnt to have spoken to Chandrababu Naidu in the morning one after the other before the commencement of the TDPP meeting. "Though gross injustice was done to Andhra on account of bifurcation, I aligned with the only because having good relations with the Centre could undo the injustice", Naidu apparently told the TDP leaders. He said that the progress of the state is above anything.
A meeting of the Telegu Desam Party's parliamentary board was called in Amaravati ostensibly to take a call on continuing in the BJP-led NationalDemocratic Alliance.
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The party and its leaders had publicly criticised the budget as not having any major allocations for the state and had dropped hints of severing ties with the BJP.
TDP sources said that at the party's meeting in Amaravati, CM Naidu apparently dissuaded his senior party colleagues from speaking about the fate of the alliance with and dwelt on the Rajasthan by-poll results where the tasted defeat. With a tally of 16 MPs, TDP is the second largest party in the NDA after BJP.
Responding to the reports of TDP being upset with BJP, Jaitley on Sunday, in an interview with CNN-News18, had said that the differences with the alliance partner will be amicably resolved and had exuded confidence that NDA will remain intact to face the 2019 General Elections to Lok Sabha together. YS Chowdary, another party leader and minister of state for science and technology, said the "people and the party" were disappointed with the Budget. Although it was widely speculated that some drastic decisions would be taken, the BJP's central leadership reportedly intervened and averted an immediate crisis. "So, we have to register our protest", he told the MPs. The CM made it clear to us there was no such conversation and TDP is firmly with the BJP, an MP said.