New Delhi: In a major political development, TDP is all set to withdraw its support from the NDA. A TDP MP has confirmed to the NewsMobile Partner Republic that the Chandrababu Naidu-led party will be exiting the NDA alliance, of which it is one of the oldest members.
Former Union Minister YS Chowdury confirmed the development as well. In a parallel development the TDP’s main rival in Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress is attempting to bring in a motion of no confidence in the council of ministers over the demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
Acording to reports, TDP will either be joining this motion or pushing a motion on its own.
Seven parties are said to have confirmed their support for the TDP, and crucially, the Congress has not been invited. The ‘federal front’ may be formally announced in May, by Naidu.
The TDP escalated a strained relationship with its ally BJP last week by withdrawing its union ministers from the central government over the special category status for Andhra Pradesh issue.
Talks about a third front have been ongoing ever since the BJP managed to come into government in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, extending its footprint to unprecedented levels.
At that time, Telangana chief minister KCR had been the first to hint at taking up a national role. Mamata Banerjee also spurred into action after revealing that Rahul Gandhi had declined her invitation to contest the North East elections together.