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Naidu turns down PM request to 'reconsider' decision: TDP sources

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Minister N Chandrababu has reportedly turned down Narendra Modi's request to "reconsider" the Telugu Desam Party's decision to withdraw from the NDA government at the Centre, saying "things have crossed that stage".

Modi called over phone this evening and discussed the TDP's decision taken late last night over the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, according to informed sources here.

During the telephonic talk, the asked to come over to New for a personal discussion but the latter did not respond to it.

"The asked our to come over to discuss everything in person. But Chandrababu said he cannot go now," a said.

Naidu held a meeting with his ministers at his residence tonight after the phone conversation with Modi. The TDP told his party colleagues about Modi's request to reconsider their decision to pull out of the NDA government.

"The issue could have been resolved had we sat and discussed it," the prime minister reportedly told the TDP

"We have waited patiently for four years (for special category status to AP) but ultimately we had to take the decision (to leave the NDA) in deference to the people's sentiment," Naidu reportedly said.

He said the people of the state were seething over Arun Jaitley's comments, which they feel were an "insult".

"The minister explained all this to the prime minister and why the TDP decided to leave the central government. The prime minister asked him to come to for a personal discussion to sort things out.

"Chandrababu only asked the prime minister to do something for the state since he had the authority," said Information and

The two TDP ministers in the government -- and Y S Chowdary -- met Prime Minister this evening and handed over their resignation letters.

Meanwhile, E S L Narasimhan has accepted the resignation of the two BJP ministers from the

and P Manikyala Rao tendered their resignation to the this morning following the TDP's decision to quit the

The allotted the two portfolios to the chief minister, order said tonight.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 23:40 IST