Monday, 18 June, 2018

Non-Serious Parties Resort to Name-Sake Protests in Parliament

Parliament adjourned briefly amid protest by TMC, TDP and Akali Dal Naidu - Uddhav lamented BJP for ignoring allies
Glenn Montgomery | 06 February, 2018, 15:24

Notwithstanding Chandrababu Naidu's orders to stay tight lipped over Somu Veerraju's remarks, a few TDP leaders couldn't resist as they launched no-holds-barred attack on the BJP MLC.

A five-member committee constituted by AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu met with Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament on Monday to represent the "injustice" done to the state in the Union Budget. The BJP's ties with key allies - Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and TDP - are under strain. Sources said the meeting discussed the "injustice" heaped on the state in the proposals and there was a "strong mood" among TDP leaders to break away from the alliance with the Senior TDP leaders said off the record that nearly everyone, including many district unit chiefs, wanted the TDP to end the alliance with the after the "ignored" the state. These are important issues and I am sure going forward we will be able to solve it because none of us want to break the alliance.

Over the weekend, the TDP went into an ominous huddle after alleging that Andhra Pradesh has been neglected in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday. The BJP has not said anything about not wanting an alliance.

Fresh cracks are appearing in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with TDP indicating it might follow in Shiv Sena's footsteps and strike out on its own.

Nevertheless, in Parliament during the Budget Session, the TDP plans to play a demonstrative role to highlight Andhra Pradesh's demands, nearly like an Opposition party. In Delhi today, Rajnath Singh held a discussion with TDP lawmakers. "Only the Chief Minister will address the media", one member of the committee told this paper. "Therefore, the matter they are raising will be looked into", parliamentary affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said. This can not be good news for BJP, with Lok Sabha elections due in a year's time. While the party had previously struck hard bargains with alliance partners, those equations may change and BJP will have to find ways of keeping partners on side.

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