It looks like the gap between the Telugu Desam Party and its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh is widening with every passing day.
All these days, a few BJP leaders had been criticising the TDP and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, sometimes strongly and other times wildly.
But the BJP ministers in the Naidu cabinet – Endowments minister P Manikyala Rao and health minister Kamineni Srinivas have been maintaining a lot of restraint.
But on Wednesday, Manikyala Rao came out strongly against the Naidu government, clearly indicating that the three and a half years-old alliance between the TDP and the BJP is on the rocks.
He warned the Naidu government he would not hesitate to “cut” the state if the TDP tries to “cut” him.
Manikyala Rao, who represents Tadepalligudem openly expressed his anguish at the ill-treatment meted out by the Naidu’s government at the Janmabhoomi programme in Ramannagudem of West Godavari district.
Attacking Tadepalligudem municipal chairman and TDP leader Mullapudi Srinivas, the minister alleged that he had been ill-treated by the TDP cadre despite of sharing power at the centre and state.
“Whatever development that took place in Tadepalligudem is only because of the central assistance. The state government never gave a single rupee. I will react like a man and pay them in the same coin if they try to pin me down,” Manikyala Rao said.
He warned the TDP government not to provoke him as he can do serious damage being a BJP man.