TDP-BJP row: Will NDA make it through another year of discontent?

Written by Kanishka Singh|New Delhi|

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in Mumbai during an occasion.( Express Image by Nirmal Harindran/File )The Bharatiya Janata Celebration-led National Democratic Alliance, presently one of the most formidable unions in the nation, appears to be on unstable ground with members like the Telugu Desam Celebration threatening to leave of the alliance.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Celebration(TDP)president N Chandrababu Naidu arranged a meeting on Sunday with senior party leaders, and TDP MPs and MLAs to review the celebration’s alliance with the BJP. In retrospect, Naidu had made a number of appeals for additional funds and rewards for Andhra Pradesh ahead of the Union Budget 2018. Nevertheless, dissatisfied with the allotments offered to the state, the TDP has actually threatened to walk out of the alliance with the BJP.Naidu’s celebration is 3rd only to the BJP and Shiv Sena in the NDA in terms of seats won in parliament. BJP, which combated the 2014 with TDP as one of its allies, has two MPs and five MLAs from Andhra Pradesh.With the cash-rich

Hyderabad going to Telangana after bifurcation, TDP leaders, meanwhile, think that Andhra Pradesh needs additional support from the Centre till the state’s income deficit comes down and its economy gets up and running. After the questionable bifurcation of unified Andhra Pradesh, the rejection of special status, hold-up in sanction and release of funds for the mega Polavaram multi-purpose watering project along Godavari, and absence of funds for establishing state capital Amaravati are a few of the reasons that resulted in a stress in ties between the two allies.The TDP, incidentally, is not the very first NDA ally to have actually developed a strained relationship with the BJP. In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, NDA’s second biggest member in regards to seats in parliament, revealed its intent to go it alone in the upcoming state and Lok Sabha surveys. The tension has been simmering in between the BJP and Sena for some years now. The celebrations, though partners at the Centre, have had bitter spats in Maharashtra and the tussle came out in the open during the last BMC elections when the parties objected to separately.Up north, not all is well with some of NDA’s regional constituents.In Bihar, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha and his Rashtriya Lok Samta Celebration, which has three Lok Sabha MPs, formed a human chain just recently on issues like instructional reforms and right to education. Alliance partners BJP and JDU were absent at the occasion, senior RJD leaders Shivanand Tiwary and Ramchandra Purve were in presence, raising speculation of a possible discontent in the alliance.The NDA was nevertheless reinforced its position with

Nitish Kumar’s return to the alliance fold in July last year. JDU’s two Lok Sabha MPs might not make a difference in the overall plan of things, Nitish’s popularity in the state, efficiency in state polls and, most notably, his celebration’s seven JDU Rajya Sabha members make him a key ally for group Amit Shah- Narendra Modi. Further up north, the BJP’s alliance with the PDP has come under significant pressure over a host of problems varying from civil unrest, militancy and Army operations. The PDP, which has 3 Lok Sabha seats, is a small ally at Centre however is formidable in Jammu-Kashmir. In the north-east, the BJP severed its 15-year-old alliance with the ruling Naga People’s Front(NPF )after differences over seat-sharing. It, however, forged an alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)headed by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio.Though the BJP enjoys a comfy bulk and can form the federal government by itself, the next general election is not too far away. When the celebration lost its

goliath status in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat during the recent assembly surveys, the message was clear that it would need to reinforce its alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.For all the most recent India News, download Indian Express App © IE Online Media Provider Pvt Ltd Tags: Krishna Murthy Feb 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm Both BJP and Congress are not in a position to get even simple majority in the next General Election as both celebrations does not have strong presence in numerous States. Both the parties must be in requirement of alliance

  1. with the Celebrations that will have just State interst in its mind rather than Nationwide interest. It would be better to have clear understanding while getting in into alliance and both needs to have responsibility to honour each others commitment. As far as Andhra problems, given that it is newly formed State it might need additional resources and had Central Government headed by BJP offered it any assurances it must be honoured 100 to prove it is reliable partner. Reply Maddali Murthy Feb 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm TDP needs BJP not vice versus.< p contentid=5051071 superrootid=2715352 pslideid commentlevel=1 attrid=2715352 > Reply Satish Madhekar Feb 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm TDP and SS are just attempting to blackmail Modi. They will not walk

    out of

  2. NDA.

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