TDP protests against Budget outside Parliament

Rajnath Singh assures TDP leaders that their problems will be heard

The dissatisfied Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday made a decision to retain alliance with BJP after top leaders from the saffron party, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, called up Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and brokered peace, for now.

The ties between the TDP and the BJP are strained, with the TDP publicly expressing unhappiness at the Budget not offering any special benefits to Andhra Pradesh.

The government today persuaded TDP and YSRCP members from calling off their protests in the Lok Sabha before Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his reply to the motion of thanks on the president's address, but it ended up with Congress members trooping into the Well.

"The implementation of promises made in the Rajya Sabha by then PM Manmohan Singh, and the special economic package announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley in September 2016 should also be reviewed", he said.

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"We will confer with our Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and decide our strategy for the remaining days of the Parliament session". Once she even shouted at one TDP MP who was trying to block her view with a placard, saying: "Do you want me to hold the banner?"

Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan said the movement to get justice for Andhra Pradesh should be on the lines of the movement for separate Telangana state. It may be mentioned that chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu vent his anger at the budget which did not make any specific allocations to the state. On Sunday, Veerraju called the TDP a party of corrupt people, ruling the state after dethroning a great leader (NT Rama Rao). They chose to stay on in BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but also assert pressure on the government by using the Parliament to raise their concerns.

Senior TDP leader, TG Venkatesh, said discussions would not help anymore and that the Centre needed to fulfill its commitment.

The YSRC MPs, too, staged protests at Gandhi statue, but targeted mainly the TDP for failing to protect the interests of the state. However, the MPs were tight-lipped as to what transpired in the meeting.

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