Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is caught in the most embarrassing position following the statement given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely categorically ruling out special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
The way he expressed anguish over the Centre’s attitude at the press conference in Vijayawada on Friday night gives an impression that he is contemplating pulling out of the NDA government.
“We have been maintaining restraint all these days only for the sake of the people. But there is a limit to our patience. It does not take even two minutes for me to take a decision,” he said, hinting at pulling out of the NDA.
And Naidu also allowed his party MPs like Kesineni Nani and Murali Mohan and spokesman Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu to go hammer and tongs at the Centre and threaten to get out of the NDA.
He also sent messages to the media persons that he was holding an emergency meeting of his party MPs to take a political decision.
But the question is whether Naidu has the guts to come out of the NDA. He has to do a lot of lobbying for funds to the state, even if special category status is not given, as he is facing virtual bankruptcy of exchequer.
He knows that the moment he comes out of the NDA and attacks the BJP, the Centre would start probing into the irregularities in the construction of Amaravati and the land purchases. So, Naidu has to put up an aggressive posture outside and do bargaining internally.
But if he really comes out of the NDA, it will fetch him a lot of political mileage.