As Last Resort, Will Bring No-Trust Motion Against Centre, Says Andhra Pradesh CM

| February 20 , 2018 , 10:44 IST

Andhra Pradesh's concerns over lack of a suitable financial package for the state in the union Budget 2018 are yet to be addressed. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that he was ready to move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government with the support of other parties to get 'justice', media reported on Tuesday. Naidu did add that such a move would be the "last resort".

According to reports, Naidu, who heads the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), is planning an all-party meeting soon to discuss ways to build pressure on the Centre to secure the state's "rightful" due.

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"But, a no-confidence motion should be the last resort. We will continue our fight for justice to AP. If that doesn't happen, we will muster support from other parties and move the no-trust motion," Naidu said at a meeting of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti in Vijayawada on Monday night.

"The Centre did nothing for us in the last four years. As Chief Minister, I will not tolerate if injustice is done to people. Whether they (the Centre) will help us with a special category status or a special economic package is up to them," he said.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 by which Telangana was carved out into an independent state, have not yet been implemented.

Ties between the BJP and its ally TDP became strained after the announcement of the Budget 2018-19 when the TDP accused the centre of not making suitable allocations for Andhra Pradesh. As TDP MPs staged protests outside the Parliament during the Budget Session 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly met with the TDP MPs asking them to allow parliament to function. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also said that a special package for Andhra Pradesh would be worked out.

TDP forms a key part of the BJP-led NDA alliance in south India.


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