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TDP says not to break alliance with BJP; will remain firm on demands


The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday said it will not snap ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The assertion comes amid speculation that the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh might rethink its ties with the BJP in view of its disappointment over allocation of funds to the state in the Union Budget.

“The TDP will not break its alliance with the BJP-led NDA,” Party leader and Union minister Y S Chowdary said after a meeting of party MPs and senior leaders with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday afternoon.

Chowdary said ‘they would first raise issues concerning the state with the Centre and try to get them addressed.’

“If the Centre does not concede to our demands, then we will undertake protest both inside and outside Parliament,” he added.

“It was all media speculation,” Chowdary said when asked if the TDP was ready for a divorce with the NDA.

According to media reports, BJP chief Amit Shah dialled Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu asking him to rethink the alliance. Shah asked Naidu to not take “tough decisions”.

The BJP and the TDP are part of the ruling alliances in Andhra Pradesh and also at the Centre.

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