The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh seems to be playing a mind game with the Bharatiya Janata Party on breaking alliance.
Instead of coming out of the NDA immediately, the party wants to damage the BJP’s image among the public as far as possible before taking the crucial decision.
The Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party meeting which held in Amaravati on Friday decided that it would continue to fight till there was a concrete statement from the Centre.
The latest demand of the TDP is going to be not just special category status, but all the other promises mentioned in the AP Reorganisation Act.
“We have never said we don’t want special category status. We accepted the special package since the Centre said it is not going to give the status to any other state. But when it has decided to extend the package to 11 states, it can give the same to AP, too.
And we don’t want to confine ourselves to special category status alone, but we want all the other promises to be fulfilled as per the Act,” TDP MPs Galla Jayadev, Thota Narasimham, K Rammohan Naidu and others said after the parliamentary party meeting.
The meeting first decided that the TDP would write letters to all like-minded parties including allies of the NDA to explain how the Centre had betrayed the state and also how injustice was meted out to the state.
“We are going to adopt a day-by-day and step-by-step strategy. We are not going to disclose the same since it would make the other parties to become alert.
We shall continue our struggle till we get a concrete assurance from the Centre. If nothing comes out, we shall announce then our future course of action,” the MPs said.