Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu addressing a press conference in Amaravati (ANI Twitter)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced late on Wednesday evening that Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has decided to pull out its two ministers from the NDA cabinet after Centre’s refusal to give Andhra Pradesh central funding under a “special status”.
Addressing a press conference in Amaravati, Naidu directed Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, to resign from the union cabinet.
“This is our right. The Centre is not fulfilling the promises it made. We have been raising the matter since the day of the budget. But they (Central Government) did not respond,” Naidu said.
“We have shown patience for four years. I tried to convince the Centre by all means. As a courtesy and being a responsible senior politician, I tried reaching out to the Prime Minister to inform about our decision. But he was unavailable,” he added.
The chief minister further said that the Centre was not in a mood to listen. “I don’t know what mistake I have done. Why are they speaking such things?”
This comes after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the evening that there was no question of giving special status to Andhra Pradesh. READ MORE