TDP Pulling Out of NDA Unfortunate: Amit Shah Pens Letter to Naidu
Cracks were reported in the TDP-NDA alliance after Arun Jaitley ruled out a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, offering a special package for the state instead.
Cracks were reported in the TDP-NDA alliance after Arun Jaitley ruled out a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, offering a special package for the state instead.(Photo: The Quint)

TDP Pulling Out of NDA Unfortunate: Amit Shah Pens Letter to Naidu

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TDP Politburo Meeting on 16 March

The ties between the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP-led Central government may be reaching its culmination, with reports indicating that the former may be exiting the NDA. This comes a week after the two Union Ministers of the TDP, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary, submitted their resignation letters to PM Narendra Modi on 8 March over the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

According to media reports, a TDP politburo meeting is scheduled to be held with CM Chandrababu Naidu at Amravati on Friday, 16 March, wherein a final call will be taken on whether to pull out of the NDA or not.

The reports indicate that many senior leaders of the party, along with its MPs and MLAs have voiced their support for the TDP's exit from the alliance led by BJP.

Also Read : Meet TDP Ministers Who Resigned Over Andhra Special Status

When asked if TDP will pull out of the NDA Alliance, Andhra Minister, Amarnath Reddy said, “Maybe. Our Party President has to take decision. Tomorrow there's Poliburo meeting. We're asking for special status. We are asking you to stick to what you had announced. That is our right to ask.”

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After the YSRC and the TDP warned of moving a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government over Centre’s refusal to grant special status category to Andhra Pradesh, the Congress on Friday warned of the same. On 27 March, the party will move the no-trust motion. Meanwhile, Amit Shah penned a letter to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, calling the TDP’s decision to pull out ‘unfortunate’.

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  • In the last session, Lok Sabha was adjourned following a ruckus over the no-confidence motion
  • The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill was also passed in the last session of the house
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YSR Congress Gives Notice for No-Confidence Motion Against Modi Govt

The YSR Congress on Thursday, 15 March, gave a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government, in the backdrop of the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House. YSR Congress has nine MPs in the Lok Sabha. If accepted, it will be the first no-confidence motion moved against the Modi government.

The TDP, a regional rival of YSR Congress, earlier announced on Thursday that it will support the no-confidence motion. The TDP has 16 MPs and is mulling quitting the NDA.

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TDP Will Support No-Trust Motion Against Modi Govt in the Interest of AP: CM

The ruling TDP, an NDA ally, would support any no-confidence motion against the BJP-led government at the Centre in the interest of Andhra Pradesh, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has meted out “injustice” to the state, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Thursday, 15 March.

We will be ready for that and our 16-17 MPs will fully support that. We will co-operate with whoever fights for the state’s rights.
Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister

In the state Assembly, he had said, “The TDP was part of Vajpayee’s NDA government. We didn't crave for power. Vajpayeeji offered six ministries to the TDP, but we didn't take it. During Vajpayee NDA regime, he used to take our suggestions. Golden Quadrilateral project was derived from our discussions,” Naidu said.

Earlier in the day, in an oblique reference to the BJP central leadership, the chief minister warned that "Tamil Nadu-type dramas" could not be played in Andhra Pradesh.

He was apparently referring to allegations by Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu that the BJP was controlling the AIADMK government in the state.

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Letter of YSR Cong for No-Confidence Motion

YSR Congress MP YV Subba Reddy wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Secretary-General to move a “no-confidence motion in the Council of Ministers” in the House.

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Mamata 'Welcomes' TDP's Decision

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the TDP’s decision to leave the NDA, and said that such action was “warranted” to save the country from “disaster."

Every state has their own problems and issues. TDP also has its own issues. Initially they were with the NDA and now they have left the NDA for a better cause. So, whatever the TDP has decided is correct.
Mamata Banerjee
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BJP Means Break Janta Party: TDP

TDP leaders CM Ramesh, Thota Narsimhan, Ravindra Babu and others addressed a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, 16 March, after exiting the NDA.

'The BJP means 'Break Janta Promise,'" they said, adding that they will be moving a no-confidence motion later in the day.

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TDP to Move No Confidence Against Centre

In a letter, TDP leader Thota Narasimham requested the moving of no-confidence motion against the Centre on Friday, 16 March.

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CPI(M) to Support No-Confidence Motion

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that his party will support the no-confidence motion being brought against the BJP government.

Want Justice for People of AP: Kharge

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that his party has been supporting special status to Andhra Pradesh, and they wanted “justice” for the people of the state.

We have been supporting Special Category Status for AP since the beginning. We want that people of AP to get justice. When the no-confidence motion is moved, you have to talk about government’s failures. We are contacting a lot of people.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader
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Massive Support from Opposition for No-Confidence Motion

From Congress to CPI(M) to Trinamool Congress, Opposition parties have supported the no-confidence motion that will be moved by both the TDP and YSR Congress, in connection with the Andhra Pradesh special status row.

While Mamata Banerjee has welcomed TDP’s decision, CPI(M)‘s Sitaram Yechury said, “Evasion of parliamentary accountability needs to be highlighted.”

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AIMIM to Support No Confidence Motion

Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party will support the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha, reported ANI.

MIM party will support the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha not only for failure on part of the Modi government to implement the State Reorganisation Act but failure to fulfil their promise to provide employment to youth and for injustice to Muslim women and minorities.
Asaduddin Owaisi
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BJP Playing Dirty Games: TDP MP

TDP MP Jaydev Gala said that the BJP has started playing “dirty games,” adding that the party was trying to use the “strategies used in Tamil Nadu” in Andhra Pradesh.

BJP has started playing dirty games. What they did in Tamil Nadu, how they tried to encourage smaller parties and create rift within larger parties, now, they are trying to bring similar strategies to AP. We have no confidence in the government.
Jaydev Galla, TDP MP to ANI

Watch: TDP MPs Say 'NDA Talaq, Talaq, Talaq'

TDP MPs staged a protest inside the Parliament compound and raised slogans against the NDA coalition at the Centre.

Andhra Pradesh Will Be the Next Tripura: BJP

Reacting to the TDP’s decision to move a motion of no-confidence, BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao said that the former is feeling the “pinch of public opinion." He added that the BJP will take this as a political “opportunity” like Tripura.

The state government and the TDP are feeling the pinch of the public opinion going against them. The BJP will use this as an opportunity to grow as a political party and emerge as a dominant political force in Andhra Pradesh. For us, it will prove to be the next Tripura.
GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP Leader
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No Danger to NDA Alliance: JD(U)'s KC Tyagi

NDA’s ally Janata Dal United said that “small differences” crop up in big alliances but there was “no danger” to the coalition.

In a big alliance, small difference of opinions happen. There is no danger to NDA government. But, TDP withdrawing from NDA is unfortunate.
KC Tyagi, JD(U) leader

TDP Finally Wakes Up, Tweets Jagan

YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy tweeted that after four years of “relentless struggle”, the nation and TDP have “woken up.”

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Why Weren't These Issues Raised Earlier: AIADMK

Tamil Nadu Minister and AIADMK leader D Jayakumar said that TDP’s withdrawal from NDA showed its “opportunistic” nature.

There were issues after the division of Andhra Pradesh. If there were issues all these years, then why weren’t they raised? This shows merely an opportunistic nature.
D Jayakumar, AIADMK leader, to ANI
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Decision Not For Selfish Reason, But in AP's Interest: CM Naidu

Reading a statement in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that he took the decision in the interest of the people of the state.

We’ve quit NDA. I took the decision, not for selfish reasons, but for the interest of Andhra Pradesh. For four years, I made all efforts... went to Delhi 29 times, and asked many times. This was Centre’s last Budget and there was no mention of AP. We had to pull our ministers out of the Cabinet.
Chandababu Naidu, Andhra CM
Arun Jaitley said sentiment cannot increase quantum of funds. What a reckless statement. Telangana was carved for sentiment. Sentiment is very powerful. Even now you are doing injustice.
Chandababu Naidu, Andhra CM

Naidu further asserted that having "survived many crises", the TDP can sail through the current situation.

I wrote many letters to the Centre. Recently too, I gave a letter to the PM. But nothing materialised.
Chandrababu Naidu

'Jana Sena Initiated the Idea of No-Confidence Motion': Pawan Kalyan

Speaking about the no-confidence motion against the government in the Parliament, Jana Sena Party leader Pawan Kalyan told the media:

It is not about pulling down the government. The intention is to discuss in the Parliament the injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh. Jana Sena was the party that initiated it (the idea of no-confidence motion) and later due to public pressure, YSRCP and TDP were forced to do it (sic)
Pawan Kalyan, Jana Sena Party
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Shiv Sena to Hold Meeting to Decide its Stand on No-Confidence Motion

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is expected to hold a meeting with his party MPs and other senior leaders to decide its stand on the no-confidence motions moved by TDP and YSRCP against the central government, reported ANI.

Fadnavis Holds Meet With Sena to Ensure its Support in Case of No-Confidence Motion: Report

In the backdrop of TDP and YSRCP moving no-confidence motions against the government, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis reportedly held a meeting with Shiv Sena's Anant Geete, who is also the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises, on Friday, 16 March.

According to an NDTV report, the meeting - also attended by BJP Maharashtra president Raosaheb Danve - was called to ensure the Shiv Sena's support to the central government, in the event of the no-confidence motions getting admitted and a vote being carried out.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was expected to hold a meeting with his party MPs and other senior leaders to decide its stand on the no-confidence motions, reported ANI.

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Naidu Writes Letter to Amit Shah, Says Expectations Were Not Fulfilled

In a letter written to BJP president Amit Shah, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu said that the TDP joined the NDA "with the expectation that the people of the state will get justice".

We hoped that our state will get fair treatment. When our being in the alliance doesn’t serve that purpose, we feel that it is pointless to continue... Today, a feeling is gaining ground in our state that BJP is not sensitive to the aspirations of our people.
Chandrababu Naidu to Amit Shah

Finance Minister Says Centre Endlessly Waiting for Andhra to Revert on Special Package

A day after TDP quit NDA over lack of financial support, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the Centre was committed to giving Andhra Pradesh a special package equivalent to a special category state and has been endlessly waiting for the state government to revert on mechanism of receiving it.

Jaitley said the modalities of giving the special package were agreed way back in September 2016 but the state government only in January this year suggested a change in route of receiving funds, to which the Centre agreed but has not heard from it ever since.

A solution has been put on the table. It is for Andhra Pradesh to decide whether they want the resources or they want to make an issue (out of it).
Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

'Support No Confidence Motion', Says Stalin to AIADMK

DMK working president MK Stalin has issued a written statement, urging Tamil Nadu CM Edapadi Palanisaamy and AIADMK to support no-confidence motion that will be moved by TDP on Monday, 19 March.

Andhra BJP MLAs Meet Amit Shah

Andhra Pradesh BJP MLAs on Saturday, 17 March met BJP President Amit Shah and Party’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav.

Ready to Do More Than Giving Special Status: Ram Madhav

After the meeting between BJP President Amit Shah and Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders, the party’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav said the Centre was “ready to do more” than giving special status to the state.

We will pass a resolution in which we will explain to the people of Andhra Pradesh our stand on the issue said by Andhra CM. We’re as much committed to the people as him. We have done so much in the last four years... We will explain to the people of Andhra Pradesh the things we have done for them in last four years and things we will do. We are ready to do more than the special status.
Ram Madhav to ANI

When asked if the TDP will come back into the NDA fold, Madhav said that has to be answered by the TDP.

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YSR Cong, TDP to Pitch for No-Trust Notices in LS Today

The YSR Congress and the Telugu Desam Party will pitch for taking up their notices of no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government when the Lok Sabha meets on Monday, 19 March, amid no signs of a let-up in the deadlock in its proceedings.

YV Subba Reddy of the YSR Congress has written to the Lok Sabha Secretariat to put his notice for the motion in the revised list of business for Monday. The TDP has also moved a notice for a no-confidence motion.

When their notices were not taken up last week, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had argued that they could not be taken due to the House not being in order, with members of several parties raising slogans in the Well.

Ready to Face Any Situation: BJP

With the Telegu Desam Party and the YSR Congress planning to move the no-confidence motion against the Modi government later in the day, BJP’s Andhra Pradesh chief said that the party is comfortably placed and numerically secure in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP has got absolute majority in Lok Sabha and we are ready to face any situation and discussion. All these parties coming together cannot harm the Modi government. We are comfortably placed.
K Haribabu, Andhra Pradesh BJP chief, to ANI

Ready to Face No-Confidence Motion: Ananth Kumar

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Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told ANI, "We are ready to face no-confidence motion as we have support in the House. We are confident."

It's Time for Parliament to Show No-Confidence: D Raja

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Duraisamy Raja of CPI assured that Left parties will support the “no confidence motion.”

People have started expressing their no confidence in Modi government, it’s time Parliament does it too.
D Raja, CPI Leader to ANI
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AIADMK Undecided on No-Confidence Motion

AIADMK has not taken any decision about the party's stand on the no-confidence motion, sources told ANI.

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Shiv Sena to Abstain

The Shiv Sena announced it will neither support the government nor the Opposition in the Lok Sabha when a no-confidence motion is moved against the BJP government at the Centre. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant told ANI that the party will abstain from the vote.

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Thought BJP Would do Justice to Andhra Pradesh: N Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said as an NDA member, he thought that “the BJP would do justice to the state,” but nothing happened. Naidu, while addressing the members of the TDP’s minority wing, said that he opposed criminalisation of Triple Talaq.

It was the TDP and not YSR Congress who responded on the Triple Talaq Bill. I was the first to oppose the criminalisation of the Triple Talaq practice.
N Chandrababu Naidu
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Lok Sabha Adjourned For the Day

Barely five minutes after the Lower House resumed, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the sessions for the day till Tuesday following loud protests by TDP, TRS and AIADMK members.

Amid the uproar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha saying, “We are ready to have a debate on no-confidence motion.”

As soon as the House met for Zero Hour after the Question Hour was washed out, members from TRS and AIADMK trooped into the Well carrying placards. While the TRS was demanding a rise in quota, the AIADMK was pressing for immediate setting up of the Cauvery river management board.

As the uproar continued, Mahajan said she was duty-bound to take up the notices for no-confidence motion but could not as the House was not in order.
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No-Confidence Motion Has Ended Myth That Govt is Unshakable: Shiv Sena

The Telugu Desam Party's no-confidence motion has put an end to the "myth" that the BJP-led central government has an unshakable mandate for the next 25 years, the Shiv Sena said.

There is an environment of mistrust in the country against the government and next year there will be a "blast of resentment" that is prevailing among people, it said.

The Sena, however, alleged that the TDP's move was driven by its own political compulsions.

The TDP wants to bring in the no-confidence motion for its personal political reasons and not for any ‘nationalist’ reason.
Shiv Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’

SP's Ramgopal Yadav Alleges Conspiracy

Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav alleged that the AIADMK MPs disrupting the House were working on the behest of the Centre.

Opposition is ready to discuss the no-confidence motion but it seems AIADMK is acting on behest of the Centre and not letting the house function.
Ram Gopal Yadav to ANI

YSR Congress Requests No-Confidence Motion in List of Business Tomorrow

YSR Congress MP YV Subba Reddy writes to Secretary General Lok Sabha to include in list of business for Tuesday 'no confidence motion in the council of ministers'.

Andhra CM Naidu Urges TDP MPs to Push for No-Confidence Motion

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu urged his party Mps to push for the no-confidence motion in the Parliament, asking them to take the support from other parties as well.

All the TDP MPs must be present in the Parliament. See that MPs of other parties also attend the House and that other parties also give notices for No Confidence MotionWe should not dilute our fight. Public interests are our priority. No compromise in the matter of our rights. There is a possibility that they let some other parties create din and adjourn the House sine die.

He further said that the support that the party was getting from the other parties indicated the solidarity and their sympathy for the state for the ‘injustice it was facing.’

The MPs should continue with the same spirit. You have support of 5 crores people of the state.

YSR Congress Reiterates Request for Discussion on Special Category Status

YSR Congress president Jagan Mohan Reddy gave a plea on Twitter to hold a “peaceful discussion” on the no-confidence motion against the Council of Ministers and the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

YV Subba Reddy, MP for the YSRCP, also asked the Speaker to allow discussion on the no-confidence motion.

We request the Speaker to allow our no-confidence motion. As long as the Budget Session continues we will press for discussion to take place on no-confidence motion. Ruckus has been happening in the House for past 15 days but the Finance Bill was passed.
YV Subba Reddy, MP, YSRCP

BJP, YSRCP & Jana Sena Trying to Malign TDP: Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said he will speak to the leaders of all parties to seek support for the no-confidence motion and Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.

Three parties are trying to divert the issue. The BJP, YSRCP & Jana Sena have a single point agenda to malign the Telugu Desam Party.
Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh
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Lok Sabha Adjourned Till Noon

The Lok Sabha reconvened for the Budget Session on Tuesday, 20 March, and was adjourned till noon almost immediately after, amid massive ruckus over the Opposition’s demand to raise the no-confidence motion against the Modi government.

The House was adjourned till noon after chants of “we want justice” echoed in the House as soon as proceedings began, ANI reported.

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TRS, TDP MPs Stage Protest

TDP MPs staged a protest in parliament’s premises demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh on 20 March.
TDP MPs staged a protest in parliament’s premises demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh on 20 March.
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Telugu Desam Party MPs protested in Parliament premises, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the protest dressed up as a school boy.

Meanwhile, even Telangana Rashtra Samithi MPs staged a protest carrying placards that read 'One nation, One law,’ demanding an increase in the quota of reservation in Telangana.

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Lok Sabha Reconvenes Amid Opposition's Cries of 'We Want Justice'

The Lok Sabha reconvened at noon, with the Opposition MPs continuing to raise slogans of, “we want justice”.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan calls on EAM Sushma Swaraj to raise the deaths of 39 Indians who were allegedly abducted in Mosul, Iraq

YSR Congress MPs Seek AIADMK MPs' Support in Special Category Status Protest

Protests by the YSRCP outside Parliament, demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.
Protests by the YSRCP outside Parliament, demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.
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AIADMK leaders in talks with YSRCP leaders outside Parliament.
AIADMK leaders in talks with YSRCP leaders outside Parliament.
(Photo: The Quint)

YSR Congress MPs requested the cooperation and support of AIADMK MPs for tabling and discussion of the no-confidence motion against the central government. The motion was raised after the Centre failed to give Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

YV Subba Reddy Gives Notice for No-Confidence Motion

YSRCP's YV Subba Reddy writes to Lok Sabha Secretary General, giving notice for no-confidence motion to be included in the list of business for tomorrow, that is 22 March.

TDP's Thota Narasimham gave notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business for tomorrow.

Avoiding No-Trust Motion in Parliament is Political Suicide: TDP

Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party on Tuesday, 20 March said the Narendra Modi government's attempt to avoid no-confidence motion in the Parliament is like a political suicide.

Senior TDP leader and state Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu alleged that the BJP-led government is using its allies to orchestrate din in the Lok Sabha so that the no-confidence motion could not be taken up.

"Is AIADMK not an ally of BJP?" asked Ramakrishnudu, a member of TDP politburo. He also remarked that it is not proper on part of the Speaker to adjourn the House citing protest by some parties.

The Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday held the Narendra Modi government responsible for the continued impasse in Parliament and not making any efforts to sort out the stalemate that entered its 12th day.  

Meanwhile, TDP's coordination committee meeting was held on Tuesday evening. The meeting presided by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took stock of the latest political developments and discussed the future course of action.

Naidu, who is also the president of TDP, said the party was taking every step with utmost caution. He said the party waited for four years and when the injustice with the state continued, it quit the alliance.

The TDP chief said the BJP was targeting him for demanding justice to the state. He reiterated that YSR Congress and Jana Sena were speaking in favour of the BJP.

Lok Sabha Adjourned

Lok Sabha adjourned until 23 March after opposition members creates ruckus.

YSRCP MP YV Subba Reddy yet again writes to Lok Sabha Secretary General, gives notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business.

RS Passes Payment of Gratuity Bill

The Rajya Sabha passed the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill. The bill seeks to double gratuity for organized sector employees.

Also Read : Parliament Gives Nod For Doubling Tax-Free Gratuity to Rs 20 Lakh

Congress to Move No-Confidence Motion, Writes to LS General Secretary

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge writes to Lok Sabha Secretary General, giving notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business for 27 March.

Congress warned that the party will move no-confidence motion against the Modi government on 27 March.
Congress warned that the party will move no-confidence motion against the Modi government on 27 March.
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TDP's Decision to Quit NDA 'Unfortunate, Unilateral'

In a letter to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, BJP National President Amit Shah said the TDP's decision to quit the NDA was “both unfortunate and unilateral”.

He further wrote that Naidu’s decision “will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of developmental concerns.”

Amit Shah’s letter to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu over the TDP’s decision to pull out of the NDA.
Amit Shah’s letter to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu over the TDP’s decision to pull out of the NDA.
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