Days after Telagu Desam Party (TDP) broke away from the ruling NDA fold, BJP president Amit Shah wrote to its supremo and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu calling his decision as the one guided by “political considerations” instead of Andhra Pradesh’s development concerns.
TDP quit NDA earlier this month after asking its two ministers to resign from the Union cabinet, charging the BJP-led central government of not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, as promised in 2014, when the state was bifurcated.
Dubbing TDP’s move as “unfortunate and unilateral”, Shah, in his letter said his party is a true well wisher of the state.
“This decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision, I am afraid will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of development concerns. It is widely known that the Union Government has not left any stone unturned in ensuring growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
The BJP chief also cited a number of development projects undertaken by the Centre for the state, besides funds given to it, as he sought to reject the charge that the Modi government had not fulfilled its promises.
“You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and in Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both states,” the BJP chief said in his letter.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu responded to Shah’s letter calling his nine-page letter a “pack of lies.”
“What Shah wrote is a pack of lies and half-truths. It is not only insulting but also provoking the
people of AP. It lacked any dignity,” he said, adding that the language used in the letter was “unbecoming of a national party president”.
“Is there dignity in it? The letter is full of discrepancies and mistakes. Except for finding fault with me, the letter did not address the issues concerning AP,” the TDP supremo said in his response.
He asked the Narendra Modi government if it had the guts to review the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 and place the facts before Parliament.
“We waited patiently for four years for justice to the state. We remained a loyal friend (of the NDA) but snapped ties only when it did not honour any of the promises,” Naidu said.
The equation between the ruling party and the TDP has only gone downhill after latter’s pull-out.
The TDP has also given notice for a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha, which could not be taken up due to an unending uproar in the Lower House.
(With inputs from PTI)