HYDERABAD: After the TDP leaders’ attack on the BJP-led NDA government over non-allocation of adequate funds to AP in the Union budget, now it is the turn of the State BJP leaders to fire salvos at their ally, the TDP, though in a different manner.
TDP founder NTR’s daughter Daggubati Purandeswari, once considered as the bete noire of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday criticised Naidu’s government, for the first time in the recent past, saying that though the Centre had expressed its willingness to supply fodder and seeds to farmers in the drought-hit areas of the State, the State government did not come forward to avail this facility which led to the stocks kept aside for AP getting damaged. Her remarks, after calling on her party bosses in Delhi, indicate that the saffron party leaders in AP are gradually upping the ante against the TDP.
Days after Union Minister YS Chowdary said all was well between the TDP and the BJP, BJP ministers in Naidu’s Cabinet along with party MLAs and MPs from the State on Wednesday called on their Delhi bosses to apprise them of current developments in AP.
The BJP team headed by Purandeswari called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh separately. After calling on Modi, they said they had requested him to ensure that all promises made to AP during the bifurcation of the State are implemented at the earliest.
BJP MLA Vishnukumar Raju said they had submitted a report on the drought situation in Rayalaseema to Modi and Mohan Singh. Officials from Delhi would visit AP in April to study the drought situation in Rayalaseema, he said. AP BJP leaders alleged that the officials in the agriculture ministry had told them that the Centre had not received any report on the drought situation in the backward regions of the State.