Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu explained Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone on Thursday the circumstances, in which the two TDP ministers were pulled out of Union Cabinet.
According to Advisor (communication) to the government of Andhra Pradesh Parakala Prabhakar , the Chief Minister held a meeting with TDP senior leaders, including ministers Kalva Srinivasulu, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Narayan this evening to discuss latest political developments in the backdrop of quitting of two ministers.
Naidu told the PM that Arun Jaitley made it clear that granting of Special Category Status (SCS) to AP was not possible, which was not acceptable to him. The Prime minister told Naidu that "let us sit and discuss the matter.
“After Arun Jaitely’s rejection of granting SCS to AP, we did not see a point to continue in the Union Cabinet. The sentiment on SCS is very high in AP. However, the TDP will be a part of NDA” the Chief Minister told the PM. The Chief Minister on January 12 gave a comprehensive memorandum to the Prime Minister on the pending issues.
“Now the ball is in the court of the Centre. If you want to do some to AP, you can do”, the Chief Minister told the Prime minister, Prabhakar said.
When asked the step number one is quitting the Union Cabinet and what will be the steps number two, the Advisor to the government dismissed that there is no step one or two. When asked whether the Prime Minister talked with Naidu about the TDP MPs stalling the Parliament session, he said that their conversation confined to the latest development only. However, Prabhakar clarified that the MPs are free to press for their demands.
Prabhkar made it clear that the resignation of the two BJP ministers in the state Cabinet were sent to the Governor and were accepted.