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Chandrababu Naidu Meets Opposition Leaders to Gather Support For TDP's No-Confidence Motion

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| April 4 , 2018 , 14:04 IST

After splitting from NDA, Andra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday came to Delhi to meet the leaders of opposition parties. Apart from meeting opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar, Derek O’Brien, Farooq Abdullah, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Naidu also met BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Hema Malini and others from the NDA.

His Delhi visit is been seen as a move to drum up support for Andra Pradesh’s Special status demand and to corner his political rival Jagan Mohan Reddy who on Tuesday said “Naidu was in Delhi to save his Government”

At the end of the day, Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday tweeted his interaction with Sharad Pawar, and various others, highlighting the injustice done to AP for its Special Status.

On March 8, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had announced that 2 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers would be withdrawing from the central government after the centre did not heed to its demands for special category status for the state.

On March 16, in a significant move, the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP pulled itself out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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Following the Demand for the Special Status, the YSR Congress on March 16 announced a 'no-confidence' motion against the government. The state's ruling TDP also pledged support to the motion, as well as other parties including the National Congress party.

Protests by Andhra Pradesh MPs increased when the Union Budget 2018 presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1 did not mention any special package for Andhra Pradesh, nor was a 'special category status' granted as had been promised at the time of the state's bifurcation.

Meanwhile, the TDP MPs continued to protest outside the Parliament building, demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly a no-confidence motion has been pending in the Loksabha for two weeks. However the same has not been considered because of disruptions in the house. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan claimed that the no-confidence motion could not be presented as she could not count the supporting members due to the noisy protests.