"The PM ignored me in parliament," Mr Naidu told NDTV in an interview in Delhi today. Mr Naidu, on a two-day visit to the national capital, met opposition leaders and allies of the BJP in the central hall of parliament yesterday.
Mr Naidu had in March pulled out his ministers from PM Modi's government to hit pause on their alliance.
The hope was that the PM would reach out with some sort of conciliatory assurances - and a plan on how Andhra would get Special Status - a tag that would entitle it to out-of-the-ordinary financial assistance from the centre.
The PM made no attempt to resolve the dispute, Mr Naidu said, which is why he finally chose to exit the BJP's national alliance. However, it's clear that Mr Naidu was also provoked into decisive action by his rival in Andhra, Jaganmohan Reddy, who stole the march on championing Andhra's claim by asking for a no-confidence motion against PM Modi's government. Mr Naidu quickly followed with his own motion. Neither has progressed because parliament has been stalled by daily, high-decibel disruptions which the opposition and the BJP blame on each other.
After Mr Naidu stepped out of the NDA, Amit Shah wrote him a nine-page letter in which he said that the centre had supplied thousands of crores to Andhra but there seemed to be no sign of it. It was interpreted as an allegation of corruption. "Is this cooperative federalism?" the Chief Minister retorted today, accusing the BJP's top power couple of eroding the rights and dignity of states while claiming the opposite.
Chandrababu Naidu also said that the BJP was blatantly "promoting" Jaganmohan Reddy and his party, the YSR Congress, which left him with no option but to end the partnership. "Why did I join the BJP, it was in the interest of the state," he said.
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