Andhra Pradesh Placation Hidden In PM Modi's Lok Sabha Speech?

| February 7 , 2018 , 15:32 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, a day after Andhra Pradesh MPs from the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR-Congress Party held protests outside the Parliament. Coincidently, the PM's address had mentions of Andhra Pradesh, comparatively more than any other state of the nation.  

The MPs conducted protests over the absence of a special package for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, disrupting proceedings of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, going so far as to hint a separation from its ally BJP.

“We will confer with our Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and decide our strategy for the remaining days of the Parliament session. It is no longer in our hands. The demand to sever ties with the BJP has come from our cadres at the block and village level,” a senior TDP leader said.

PM Modi had met with the Minister of State and leader of the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party Y.S. Chowdary on Tuesday itself, requesting the NDA ally to suspend its protests in both Houses of Parliament.

During the Lok Sabha address, PM Modi accused the Congress of 'messing up' the division of Andhra Pradesh.

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"Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government too states were divided, but they were done with everyone's confidence, the process was smooth. But the Congress has messed up in dividing Andhra Pradesh. They did it in a hurry, and without much thought," said PM Modi on Wednesday.

"We cannot forget how the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh. They humiliated him. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party," he continued.

"When Rajiv Gandhi landed in Hyderabad, how did he behave with a Congress leader Mr. T Anjaiah. He humiliated a big leader, who did not belong to a privileged background," said the PM.