Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

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

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

Vociferous protests by members of NDA ally Telugu Desam Party today forced brief adjournment of Lok Sabha proceedings as they demanded special package for Andhra Pradesh.

BJP-TDP relations might get back to a more even keel with the Centre acceding to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu's demand for financial support by working out an "extrabudgetary" route to provide funds required for the state's development and reconstruction activities.

"I think a solution by which an amount can be given through an alternative mechanism is being worked out", he added.

He was also scathing about how demonetisation had dented the country's economy and adversely affected all small businesses. MPs belonging to TDP, YSR Congress and the Congress party had been raising slogans in both Houses to express their disappointment. On Friday, Naidu stated that the centre had given menial treatment to Andhra while earmarking allocations in the budget. TDP members started protest and Congress members Renuka Chowdhury and T Subbarami Reddy joined them. Wearing a garland, he was also seen using "kartal", a musical instrument generally used while singing bhajans.

An anguished Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge to "control" his members.

Responding to the reports of TDP being upset with BJP, Jaitley on Sunday, in an interview with CNN-News18, had said that the differences with the alliance partner will be amicably resolved and had exuded confidence that NDA will remain intact to face the 2019 General Elections to Lok Sabha together. "The central government fully stands by it", Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.

The TDP, which is the BJP's biggest ally in the south is disappointed that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget did not address the state's needs.

The TDP leaders, earlier in the day, staged protests outside the Parliament seeking justice for Andhra Pradesh. Members from YSR Congress also did the same. Moreover, he added, the state was also facing a drought, which had made the situation all the more hard.

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