The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today decided to quit the NDA, days after two of its ministers resigned from the Narendra Modi government following the Centre’s refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
The party has, meanwhile, moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over the injustice meted out to the state, an official communique said. In this connection, TDP MPs meet the Lok Sabha Speaker and submit a notice.
The TDP politburo unanimously took the decision during a tele-conference with party supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu this morning.
Soon after the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party issued a notice to move the no-trust motion today, the party received support from Congress, AIADMK and all the left parties. In LS, Congress has 48 members and AIADMK has 37 members. Meanwhile, Trinamul Congress and Siva Sena are also likely to extend their support to the motion.
The party politburo meeting to decide over quitting the NDA was planned for this evening, but the formality was completed during the daily tele-conference Chandrababu holds with party leaders in the morning.
TDP Rajya Sabha MP Y.S. Chowdary said: Yes our party (TDP) has pulled out of the alliance with the NDA.
Chandrababu directed TDP MP Thota Narasimham to submit a notice to the Lok Sabha Secretariat in this regard, informed sources said.
This House expresses No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers, Narsimhan later said in a letter to the Lok Sabha Secretary Snehlata Shrivastava.
He also wrote: Under Rule 198 (B) of Chapter XVII of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I hereby give notice to move the following motion in the House on today ated March 16.
I request you to include the motion in the revised list of Business for March 16, Narsimhan added.