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TDP-Centre fallout: Two BJP ministers resign from AP Cabinet

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Two ministers in the Cabinet in today resigned after the (TDP) decided to pull out of the

and P Manikyala Rao met the at the state Assembly and submitted their resignations.

They thanked him for having inducted them into the state Cabinet.

The chief minister, in turn, complimented the members, saying they had discharged their duties well.

Later, speaking in the Assembly, Srinivas said that his political career began in the TDP in 1982.

"My party membership registration number was 80. After serving the party for a few years, I stayed away from for close to three decades. I joined the in 2014 on the invitation of Venkaiah Naidu (now Vice President) and became an MLA," Srinivas, who is a doctor by profession, said.

He expressed satisfaction that he had discharged his duties as a minister without a single complaint.

"I felt very happy when the told me there was not a single complaint against me," he said.

Earlier in the day, several ministers met the two BJP members in their chambers and had a friendly chat with them.

Last night, the TDP decided to exit the NDA government at the Centre, peeved over Arun Jaitley's stance on the state's demand for grant of special category status.

Chandrababu Naidu, however, did not announce snapping of ties with the BJP and said he would take a call on this later.

The BJP also decided to pull out of the coalition government in after two TDP ministers in the -- and for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary -- decided to quit.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 14:20 IST