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The Shiv Sena-BJP break-up: So whom does the NDA belong to, anyway?

The depart from the National Democratic Alliance might not have come as a surprise to the Bharatiya Janata Party

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The announcement that the will depart from the (NDA) might not have come as a surprise to the (BJP) but the party is working overtime to ensure its other alliance partners do not decamp in similar fashion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have assured of the union government’s unequivocal support to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) (which Naidu heads) on January 12 when the two leaders met. One of AP’s main bugbears is — what else — money. could, on February 1, announce a special economic assistance package for Andhra Pradesh, to the tune of around Rs 250 billion.

This was announced in the budget last year and not implemented. The TDP is also asking for special financial help for Amaravati, assistance for the Polvaram project and help with revenue deficit. The last time Naidu and Modi met was 17 months ago.

First Published: Sat, January 27 2018. 20:40 IST