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Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has suggested to its central leadership to break ties with the Telugu Desam Party before the latter does it, but felt the TDP was “not in a position” to walk out of the alliance now, a State minister said.

TDP sources had said Naidu, who heads the TDP, was planning to convene an all-party meeting soon to discuss ways to build pressure on the Centre to secure the state’s “rightful” due.

Ties between the BJP and TDP came under severe strain after the southern party accused the Centre of making “insufficient” allocations for Andhra Pradesh in the Budget 2018-19.

The TDP is a key constituent from south India in the BJP-led NDA dispensation.

“The Centre did nothing for us in the last four years. As Chief Minister, I will not tolerate if injustice is done to people. Whether they (the Centre) will help us with a special category status or a special economic package is up to them,” he said.

Naidu had said that provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and the promises made by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha have not been implemented yet.

The chief minister said his government would take the lead to secure the State’s rights from the Centre.

Following the protests by Andhra Pradesh MPs in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that a formula will soon be worked out to release funds under a special package to Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly, the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has suggested to its central leadership to break the bond, if required, with the TDP before the latter does so, a state minister said today.

The State BJP also suggested that a public meeting is held in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would place “all facts” before the people about what the Centre did for the state in the last four years, he said.

“These were the two options we gave to our central leadership. The BJP loses nothing if it breaks the alliance with the TDP,” state Endowments Minister P Manikyala Rao told reporters in an informal chat.

“The bond should be broken, if required, before the TDP does it,” he said.

He, however, felt that the TDP was “not in a position” to sever ties with the BJP now.

The BJP and the TDP that share power both at the Centre and in the state have been at loggerheads ever since the Union Budget was presented on 1 February. The TDP, which is unhappy over the allocation of funds to the state, had attacked the Centre for doing “injustice” to AP.

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