Upset over the Union Budget 2018-19 which was tabled by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament on February 2, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu called in for a party meeting with all the senior party leaders in order to pave the way for the future course of action.
The Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sorely disappointed all the political parties in Andhra Pradesh, excepting the BJP, and nearly all sections of the general public as well, going by the debates on the many Telugu satellite TV channels as well as the responses emerging from different quarters. "We from Andhra expected a lot". But, in vein, Arun Jaitley has not blessed Andhra Pradesh in any aspect. The state also believes that the Centre was not giving adequate funds for construction of its new capital, Amaravati.
Another TDP leader, Ram Mohan Naidu, said that Naidu has paid several visits to Delhi, made requests on several occasions to sort out AP's pending issues, has remained patient, but the Centre continues to ignore them, ever after four years.
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"Whatever may be the consequences we are continuing the alliance with BJP both at the centre and the state", said GSRK Prasad.
Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI) President G. Srinivas stated in a press release that the Budget was disappointing to trade and industry at large, but encouraging to agriculture, food processing, infrastructure, rural development, and health and education. In an indication that the coalition could be in trouble, the CM is also likely to hold a meeting as soon as this Sunday or next week to review the TDP-BJP alliance.
Stating that TDP will put pressure on Centre until 2019 elections, the minister said, "We are in an alliance and we will fight for our share".
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He said the TDP would take a crucial decision in a couple of days in the best interest of the state.
"We are ready for any sacrifice", Chowdary said, indicating that they might resign from the Cabinet, if it is required.
He, however, demanded that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government should support Andhra Pradesh until it develops equal with other states.
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