Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been maintaining silence for the last two weeks over the raw deal meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Union budget, came out for the first time against the Centre openly.
Surprisingly, Naidu chose a college function at Narasaraopet, rather than a press conference, to give vent to his anger at the Narendra Modi government.
He said he was running out of patience with the Centre and was ready for any sacrifice – indicating he is ready to pull out of the NDA government at the Centre.
“I never compromise in my life on the interests of my state. We will not hesitate for any sacrifice for state interests”, Naidu said.
He said he would not keep quiet if the justice was not done to the state even now.
“This was the last budget of the NDA government and we expected that the state would get enough funds. But it was thoroughly disappointing,” he said.
The TDP president reminded that his party had an alliance with the BJP before 2014 elections and joined the NDA later only in the interest of the state.
“I visited New Delhi 29 times and met everybody, right from Prime Minister to Central ministers requesting them to implement the commitments made during bifurcation of the state. But, there were no justice for Andhra Pradesh in the budget”, he said.
Calling upon the people not to get depressed and take to different ways, he said, ”situation like that of Assam and Punjab should not arise in Andhra Pradesh.”