HYDERABAD: The ongoing ‘friendly fire’ between allies, TDP and BJP, appears to be slowly but surely intensifying into a battle of sorts. Annoyed by the repeated attacks on the Centre by AP Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for not allocating adequate funds to the State, BJP MLAs and ministers in his Cabinet on Tuesday decided to launch a counter-attack, sources told Express.
The BJP MLAs went into a huddle along with the two party ministers in the Naidu Cabinet, K Srinivas and P Manikyala Rao, in the Assembly. Emerging from the meeting, a BJP leader, on condition of anonymity, told Express, “We have got the party leadership’s nod to indirectly attack the TDP. We will intensify our attack in the coming days.” Interestingly, K Srinivas and Manikyala Rao, who had recently visited Rayalaseema to assess the severity of drought conditions there much to the discomfort of the TDP, circulated a letter, titled, “What the BJP has done so far for AP”, among mediapersons.
“None can question the commitment of PM Modi to develop AP on all fronts. So far, the Centre has done several things for AP such as selecting it for 24X7 power supply project and merging mandals in Khammam district that are likely to be submerged in Polavaram project with AP,” said the duo. Rao wondered how could any party, be it the Congress, YSRC or any other (TDP) point fingers at the Centre “when the fact is the Modi government is trying to give preferential treatment to AP.”
“No other State has been given as many national level institutes as AP at one go. The Modi government has sanctioned AIIMS, IIM, IIIT and other institutes to AP soon after it assumed power at the Centre,” a BJP MLA pointed out. On the other hand, in a significant development, TDP MPs from AP began protests at the Parliament complex in Delhi demanding that the Centre grant special category status to the State. N Siva Prasad, who had recently said TDP MPs were ready to fight with the Union government if Naidu gave them the green signal, on Tuesday donned the role of Satya Harishchandra and staged a dramatic protest at the Parliament complex.