The war appears to be not over yet between the two allies – TDP and BJP – of the NDA. The TDP ministers have resigned the Union Cabinet, while the BJP ministers left the State cabinet.
The two TDP Ministers, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening and submitted their resignations. While their resignations are yet to be accepted, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu got the resignations of BJP Ministers Kamineni Srinivas and P Manikyala Rao accepted by the Governor.
The BJP ministers met Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday morning and submitted their resignations following the directions from the BJP leadership. They were at pains while quitting their posts but admitted that it was a political compulsion that they had to follow.
Though resigned from the Cabinets, the two parties are continuing the alliance. A decision to leave the NDA was not taken yet by the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu wants to wait for some more time to quit the NDA. He is still having some hopes on the BJP national leadership to consider his demand for the special category status, which he had given up in 2016 in favour of the special package.
With the people asking for the special category status, Chandrababu Naidu had to accept the same and renew his demand for it while going back on his acceptance for the special package proposed by the BJP two years ago.