TDP's decision to quit NDA 'unfortunate, unilateral': Amit Shah writes to CM Naidu

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2018, 06.44 AM(IST)

File photo of BJP president Amit Shah. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Days after Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) exited the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah has written an open letter to the state chief minister, saying his party's decision to break alliance is unfortunate and unilateral.

Shah, in the letter, explained BJP's position and has blamed TDP of quitting NDA due to political considerations.

“(TDP) decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision; I am afraid, will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of development concerns," Shah wrote.

TDP, once the BJP's biggest ally in the south, pulled out of the government earlier this month, over the special status demand. 

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In the letter, Shah pointed out how the BJP and the Central government had done its utmost to help the residual State of Andhra Pradesh but that CM Naidu and his party have ignored this for political calculations. 

“You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and ensured that justice was done to hard working Telugu people in both States,” he said. 

He added that after coming to power the Centre has done more than its share of allotting funds and resources to the state. 

“A perusal of these would reaffirm what you already know but do not admit that the Central government has fulfilled its obligations and that the BJP is a genuine friend true well-wisher of the people of Andhra Pradesh,” Shah added.

Assembly elections are due in Andhra Pradesh next year and regional parties in the state, including the YSR Congress, have repeatedly targeted the TDP for being unable to secure a special category status for the state.