At a time when everybody thought the Telugu Desam Party has ended its honeymoon with the Bharatiya Janata Party and called it quits to the National Democratic Alliance, party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave a surprising twist to the tale.
Both the central ministers – P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union civil aviation minister and Y S Chowdary, Union minister of state for science and technology, submitted their resignation letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening.
But after coming out of the PM’s residence, they told the media that though they had resigned from the Union council of minister, the TDP would continue in the NDA as a friendly party to the BJP.
“Our leader decided that the TDP will continue to be part of the NDA and will cooperate with the Centre. We shall abide by whatever decision the leader takes in future,” Chowdary said.
It is surprising as to why Naidu chose to continue in the NDA, thereby remaining an alliance partner of the BJP. Nobody understands what benefit the TDP would get out of it.
Sources, however, say Naidu’s strategy seems to be denying any scope for the YSR Congress party to replace the TDP in NDA. He knows as long as the TDP continues in the NDA, the YSRC cannot ally with the BJP.
Apparently, the TDP chief told Modi during the telephonic conversation that he was forced to take a decision on withdrawing from the central cabinet only because of the people’s strong sentiment towards the special category status.
However, the TDP would continue to be friendly with the BJP as long as it can, he reportedly told the Prime Minister.