The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has reportedly pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday.
The news comes after Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held an emergency teleconference with his party members and MPs on Thursday. TDP has 16 MPs in the central government.
Several media reports say TDP may pass a no-confidence motion against the Centre. By doing so, the ruling party would be lending support to a no-confidence motion against the NDA moved by the rivals YSR Congress.
However, the motion can only be passed if the party has the backing of at least of 50 in-house members.
Two ministers P Ashok Gajapati Raju and YS Chowdhary quit the NDA last week over the special status issue.
Later, Naidu told the media that he has exited the government but will give more time to the BJP government to reconsider its decision.
The passing of the Finance Bill on Tuesday meant the issue was decisively settled and when YSR Congress moved its no-confidence motion, the TDP was left with no option but to support it.
One of media reports said that Naidu has been speaking to Mulayam Singh Yadav of SP and BSP supremo Mayawati to forge a new alliance. The SP-BSP combined defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh state assembly on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao in their defense said. “People of Andhra Pradesh have now realized that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept & inert governance. Far from being a threat, TDP’s exit is a timely opportunity for the BJP to grow in AP,” Rao tweeted.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision by posting a tweet, “I welcome the TDP’s decision to leave the NDA. The current situation warrants such action to save the country from disaster. I appeal to all political parties in the Opposition to work closely together against atrocities, economic calamity, and political instability.”