The TDP-BJP alliance took sour turns and was snapped today (March 16), just days after the doldrums between both parties since Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slashed out the grant of Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of Andhra Pradesh snapped alliance ties with Modi-led NDA government in Lok Sabha today – as a protest towards the BJP-led central government which had rejected granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh. TDP’s exit comes out a major political blow for the incumbent party after by-poll loss at strongholds in Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. Soon after the declaration of non-alliance, TDP passed a no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha against Modi government over what the party sees as injustice to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

With TDP pulling out of the Central government, NDA government’s strength in the Parliament comes down to 314 from 336 – and if Shiv Sena follows TDP by backing out, the figure of 314 will go down to 296, just 23 more than the magic figure of 273. However, BJP seems to be confident about the victory in Lok Sabha 2019 elections and sees TDP’s exit as an opportunity to grow in Andhra Pradesh. Talking about it confidently, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said, “We believe TDP is going tough in Andhra Pradesh. They are seeing a defeat for themselves in 2019 and they want to use this as an alibi to really retrieve their lost political ground.”

BJP sees TDP’s exit as an opportunity for itself to grow in Andhra Pradesh and face the elections alone against two major local parties – TDP and YSR Congress. Whereas, TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu said that the party has exited BJP alliance – not for selfish reasons but keeping the people of Andhra Pradesh in mind. Naidu said that there was no mention of Andhra Pradesh in the latest budget and the alliance is meaningless if there is no support or benefit from it.

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