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TDP Leaders Ashok Gajapathi Raju, YS Chowdary Resign From Union Cabinet

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| March 8 , 2018 , 19:30 IST

A day after Andhra Pradesh CM and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu announced his intentions to quit the NDA Government; both the leaders of TDP have resigned from the Union Cabinet. The resignations came hours after a last-minute effort from the Prime Minister himself who reportedly tried to diffuse the situation and spoke to Chandrababu Naidu. As per media reports, the two leaders spoke for almost 20 minutes.

These efforts, however, did not materialise as both Ashok Gajapathi Raju, YS Chowdary tendered their resignations after meeting the Prime Minister at his residence. While Ashok Gajapathi Raju was the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ministry, YS Chowdary was the junior minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

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In a strong statement KS Jawahar, a minister in the Chandrababu Naidu Government said, “We did not get the special category status, that is why our ministers resigned. Our CM went to Delhi 29 times, argued & begged for the state, but until now we haven't received any interest in the matter. The time is over, we are ready to battle.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that the Government cannot grant special status to Andhra Pradesh further fired up the already heated issue.

After their resignation, the ministers addressed the media. Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, “People of Andhra Pradesh have come forward, lots of sacrifices have been done. Expectations have come, they have to be met. Nationalised parties wanted division of the state. BJP, NDA supported it, would never have happened if support wasn't given. Now, no one can put the clock back and we have put forward our suggestions.”