The Telugu Desam Party has formally snapped ties with the ruling NDA alliance. The following statement has been issued by the Chandrababu Naidu-led party:
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) withdrew its support from NDA which did injustice to AP.
TDP President and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu took this decision in an emergency teleconference with party politburo members and MPs.
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Mere minutes earlier, TDP MP and former union minister YS Chowdary confirmed to Republic TV that his party would be exiting the NDA alliance, of which it is one of the oldest constituents.
Speaking live, Chowdhury was asked if the Chandrababu Naidu-led party would exit the NDA. He replied:
"Yes, just now President has taken conference."
On Thursday, Republic TV learnt that Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is likely to be the face of a 'federal front' consisting of multiple parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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.
Shortly before that, Republic TV had got first word that Naidu and his Telugu Desam Party may walk out of the ruling NDA coalition after speaking with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati post the U.P bypoll results.
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.