A day after Chandrababu Naidu pulled out TDP’s two ministers from the Union Cabinet, YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said all MPs from Andhra Pradesh should submit resignations to mount pressure on the Centre over the special status issue.
“All MPs should submit mass resignations and we should support each other in the no-confidence motion,” Jagan said, adding that the state was bifurcated on the very condition that special status would be given.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday night decided to pull out Telugu Desam Party’s two ministers from the Union Cabinet, but said that the party would remain in alliance with the BJP, for now.
In the game of one-upmanship with the YSR Congress, the TDP is pre-empting any move by Jagan Mohan Reddy who has announced resignation of his Lok Sabha MPs if the demand for the special category status for Andhra is not met.
The TDP’s decision to pull out its ministers from the Union government was taken at a meeting called by Naidu late in the evening, hours after finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the Centre can’t offer special status, but would offer a special package with equivalent funding to the state.
Naidu said that Arun Jaitley’s statement was the last straw. “I laid out all the demands concerning special status for the state to the Centre, but the finance minister made it clear that he cannot give it. What is the purpose of joining the Cabinet when the Centre cannot resolve the state’s problems?” he asked.
“We have waited enough. We have believed in false promises enough. Our ministers are resigning from the Union Cabinet. We will do whatever it takes to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
Referring to Jaitley’s statement that the Centre had already given Rs 4,000 crore to the state, he said that the government is more interested in showing calculations than helping out. “You were part of bifurcation. Now comparing with other states is not right. It’s not right to say that sentiments will not get funds. It is like degrading our state,” he said.
BJP ministers Kamineni Srinivas Rao and P. Manikyala Rao tendered their resignations to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday.
Medical and Health Minister Srinivas Rao and Endowments Minister Manikyala Rao met the Chief Minister in his chamber in the Assembly and handed the letters of resignation to him.
They thanked Naidu for the opportunity as the Chief Minister also appreciated their efficient working.
Later, Srinivas Rao said: “I had the privilege of working with him for more than three-and-a-half years. I recently asked him about his opinion on my work. He gave me the certificate that I have no enemies,” he said.
Manikyala Rao said he learned to operate a computer because of Naidu’s stress on use of technology in the administration.
“Earlier, I knew only making and receiving calls. I was never used to texting. Now, I operate computer because of Naidu’s thrust on the use of technology…,” he said.
The resignation came ahead of the presentation of the budget for 2018-19 in the Assembly by Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu, a party official said.