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TDP ministers ready to resign from Modi cabinet!
The decision of the YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy to ask his party's MPs to resign seems to have created panic reaction among TDP circles.

The main opposition in Andhra Pradesh has taken this decision, if the Narendra Modi government fails to accord `special status', as per the bifurcation assurance, by April 6, the last day for the Parliament's budget session.

It may be recalled that being a crucial allay of the BJP-led NDA, TDP members gained limelight with the party's MPs resorting to protests in both houses of the Parliament, during first phase of the budget session, expressing their strong resentment for ignoring the promises given under AP Reorganisation Act in the Union Budget 2018-19 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

This strategic decision makes the opposition's voice weaker in the state. As a result, Jaganmohan Reddy was forced to resort to a counter move and has given ultimatum to the Modi government to fulfill its promise of `special status' by April 6.

Though two years ago, he had announced resignation of his MPs, he has been delaying the process on one or other pleas. Now, as a master strategist, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has reportedly decided to ask his party's two members in Modi's cabinet to get ready for resignation after the budget session of the Parliament. The two ministers are Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister for State for Science and Technology Sujana Choudary.

Sujana Choudhry is the main bargaining face for Naidu in the Centre. After Jaganmohan Reddy's decision, Naidu hurriedly called for an emergency meeting with available ministers and party senior leaders on Wednesday to formulate TDP's strategy. He has reportedly told them that resignation from the Union cabinet is a very `small issue' for the party.

According to him, this would be the first step. Even if Prime Minister Narendra Modi fails to respond to their concerns, he made it clear that they would be forced to cut off their alliance with the BJP-led NDA. The TDP is the third largest partner in the NDA with regards to number of MPs, after the BJP and the Shiva Sena. The Shiva Sena has already declared that it would contest alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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