The shadow-boxing between Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party has reached a climax with both the sides getting ready to end honeymoon at the earliest.
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday spoke at length in the assembly explaining the injustice meted out to the state in the Central budget and condemned the indifferent attitude of the NDA government in giving handholding to the state.
He demanded that there is no option before the Centre but to implement all the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, including special category status to AP.
The TDP is mentally prepared to end the alliance with the BJP, as majority of the MLAs, barring five or six, voted for breaking the alliance, at the Tuesday’s TDLP meeting.
As per the strategy, the breaking of alliance will begin with the resignation of two Central ministers most likely on March 10.
Party sources said the chief minister would be consulting senior party leaders and junior minister in the NDA government at the Centre Y S Chowdary who has been conducting negotiations with the finance minister Arun Jaitley and BJP national president Amit Shah.
In Delhi, the BJP is bracing for what appears imminent parting of ways with the ally.
The high command sent a directive to the two BJP ministers in Naidu cabinet – Kamineni Srinivas and P Manikyala Rao to submit their resignations from the cabinet, soon after Naidu makes an announcement on the ending of alliance.
Naidu also said he would write letters to all the regional and national parties highlighting the “injustices” being meted out to Andhra Pradesh by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and seek their cooperation in his fight for justice.