Amit Shah slams TDP chief's decision to leave NDA

YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy. He stole the Congress cadre the way Mamata Banerjee did in West Bengal

"Your assertions that the BJP is not sensitive to the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh and has not implemented the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and assurances given by the then Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha is untrue and baseless", Shah said.

On March 8, TDP's two ministers in Centre P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y Satyanarayana Chowdary resigned and the party left NDA on March 15.

Interestingly, not only TDP and YSR Congress but national parties like Congress and CPM have also given notices of no-confidence motion against PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

Keeping in view the possible debate on these issues in Parliament next week, the BJP chief, through an open letter, answered every allegation made by the AP CM.

Defending his party's decision to quit the NDA, Naidu said it was done to respect the feelings of the people, who were feeling betrayed by the Central government. "It's a decision, I am afraid, is construed as wholly guided by political considerations instead of developmental concerns".

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Shah said suicides in Congress-ruled states are always on the increase, whereas it dwindles in BJP-ruled states like Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

The blame game between Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party over injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh has made one thing clear to the people: both are culprits in this regard. GJM organising chief LM Lama said that the party was upset with the recent statement of BJP's Bengal president Dilip Ghosh, who claimed that his party had only an electoral alliance with GJM. He said that the government hadn't furnished utilisation certificates (UCs).

"Amit Shah in his letter said the Centre gave many funds to the state, we couldn't utilise them". "How can you include welfare schemes and subsidies in the revenue deficit?" For the strong stand that he took, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banjeree also backed Naidu and said she appreciated him for stating the facts. Shah's visits to their holy places and meeting gurus is seen as part of his efforts to ensure that the Lingayat community, the largest in the state, continues to back the BJP.

Lamenting that despite being the highest contributor of CGST, the state is lagging behind, Naidu said, "Andhra Pradesh is the highest contributor to CGST".

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