The ruling combine, TDP and BJP have intensified the internal fight indicating that the time to break the alliance is fast approaching. TDP chief and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had expressed his displeasure over the treatment extended to the State by the Central government.
Chandrababu Naidu had collected the views of the party MLAs and MLCs at the TD Legislature Party (TDLP) meeting held at the end of the day. Majority of the legislators have asked the party chief to break the alliance with the BJP to save the TDP from incurring peoples’ wrath. They have reportedly told him that it was enough waiting for the BJP to fulfill all the promises made to the State in the bifurcation Act and also in the 2014 election campaign.
Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly told the party leaders that he had enough patients to wait for the good of the State and the time had come now for him to decide in the larger interests of the state. He said he had remained friendly with the BJP expecting a better deal to the State. But, after four years, nothing was done to the State which had hurt the sentiments of the people.
“I have been waiting as a friend, being part of the ruling combine expecting a better deal. Since nothing is done so far, we have to think of the relationship. There are Chief Ministers who served their states while being in Opposition, not part of the Central government. We can also work that way,” Chandrababu Naidu is said to have told his party MLAs at the meeting.
It is also said that Chandrababu Naidu had hinted at announcing the breakup of alliance with the BJP at the Wednesday’s session of the Assembly. On Tuesday, he had expressed his displeasure over the raw deal meted out to the State by the BJP despite his friendly relationships.
“Being an ally, I expected a better deal from the Central government. Being a new state with revenue deficit and lack of infrastructure facilities, I wanted handholding by the Central government. There was no better deal and there was no handholding. The government had not even done minimum justice to the State,” Chandrababu Naidu told the Assembly on Tuesday.
While BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana had countered the Chief Minister’s allegations in the Assembly, party MLCs, Somu Veerraju and P N V Madhav, floor leader P Vishnukumar Raju leveled serious allegations against the TDP and accused the TDP government of indulging in criminal and corrupt politics in the State.
On its part, the TDP leaders too have given ultimatum to the TDP and further intensifying the rift between the two parties.