TDP MPs readying for protest in Parliament

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TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu indicated this at the TDP MPs meeting at his residence in Amaravati on Sunday. BJP, which fought the 2014 with TDP as one of its allies, has two MPs and five MLAs from Andhra Pradesh.

TDP MPs also staged protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament urging the Centre to take steps to fulfil bifurcation promises and pending issues for Andhra Pradesh. He said Desam would raise the state's demands in Parliament if required.

The TDP on Monday said its alliance with the BJP in Andhra Pradesh and the Centre was very much alive, following speculation that the party was disgruntled over the "raw deal" that the state got in the Union Budget.

The meeting of TDP leaders was held days after several party members expressed their displeasure over the Union Budget 2018-19.

Alleging that the central government has been tight-fisted, even after promising help to fund capital Amaravati and Polavaram, the TDP had been in a bitter relation with its ally BJP since Naidu took charge as Chief Minister, four years ago.

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Protesters burnt effigies of the BJP leader for his comment on Saturday calling TDP leaders "heirs of corruption".

Making an oblique reference to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, he questioned: "From being a farmer owning two acres of land, how did you amass wealth worth thousands of crores of rupees?"

After the meeting, Ram Mohan Naidu, TDP MP from Srikakulam, said, "There has to be a concrete announcement while the Budget Session of Parliament is on". Naidu told that the Parliamentary Party has chose to protest inside and outside the Parliament till all the demands are met. Naidu also expressed his angst to Rajnath over "injustice" done to AP in Budget 2018. "Till then, we shall wait and watch", Chowdary said.

"I am ready to resign from Lok Sabha to register my protest, the moment I get a signal from the party president".

On being asked about whether TDP will break alliance with the BJP, he said, "that we have to see, our CM will decide, we will follow him".

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