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Naidu meets Opp leaders, BJP allies to rev up unity bid

Naidu meets Opp leaders, BJP allies to rev up unity bid

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is in New Delhi and is seeking support for the no-confidence motion against the NDA government after the Centre denied to give special status to Andhra Pradesh.

He also termed Naidus claim that the BJP was getting close to the YSR Congress, the TDPs main rival in the state, as "ridiculous".

Later talking to the Press, Naidu accused the BJP of "mud-slinging" and said the Centre was trying to "damage his credibility" ever since his party began the fight for special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

"Naidu's visit to New Delhi €" his first to the National Capital after TDP pulled out of the ruling NDA €" comes a week after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee spent a day in Parliament holding parleys with Opposition parties to forge a possible federal front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "Now I will develop another city", he said, and added that the Centre gave just ₹2,500 crore for the project.

Naidu said that the decision to part ways with the NDA was taken after several rounds of discussions and that it was taken after he was convinced that the BJP was responsible for the injustice towards the people of the state.

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The TDP leader said his party and the BJP had an alliance in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but the former ended it in Telangana abruptly even without informing him about it. The meetings were aimed at garnering support for the no-confidence motion against the NDA government. "I ask the present government why can't we have a review?" In the latest, the Chief Minister met his Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and asked his support for no-confidence motion against the Central government. "Only what you promised", Naidu added. Chandrababu said all he was focusing right now is to get due benefits to the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh.

"One should not go to an extent that BJP is attacking Andhra Pradesh".

Naidu also answered questions pertaining to the allocation of funds and the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission.

No immediate details were available about what transpired between the two leaders in the meeting here.

The TDP in Andhra Pradesh held an all-party meeting in Amaravati last week, which was attended by the Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), employees' organizations and other civil society bodies, to chart a course of action and protest against the centre.