With the TDP-BJP break-up reaching a flash point, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have called up TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to make a last-ditch attempt to pacify the latter and retain him in the NDA.
The two central ministers – Union civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Union minister of state for science and technology Y S Chowdary – were supposed to meet Modi in the morning and submit their resignations.
However, Modi was not available in the national capital, as he had gone to Rajasthan to attend a pre-arranged programme on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Soon after returning from Rajasthan, Modi called up Naidu to find out the reasons for the extreme decision of the TDP.
“Though it is not exactly known what transpired between the two, it is learnt Modi tried to pacify Naidu and asked him to re-think on the decision to pull out of the NDA.
He told the chief minister that there could be detailed negotiations to sort out issues. But Naidu explained to him about his compulsions to take the decision,” sources close to Naidu said.
The two ministers later went to the PM’s residence in their personal vehicles and not the official vehicles to submit their resignation letters to Modi.
Sources said Modi might not accept the resignations immediately.