HUGE SETBACK FOR MODI GOVT: Major coalition partner quits NDA, falls short of majority

HYDERABAD: N Chandrababu Naidu has exited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coalition over the government’s refusal to grant special status to his state Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Chief Minister’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) may also back bitter rival Jaganmohan Reddy’s no-trust motion against the Modi government.

The BJP had been expecting the announcement, amid bitter sparring for days with its largest ally in the south, but on the back of its setback in bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, it delivers a huge psychological blow.

 

Last week the TDP pulled its two ministers out of the central government but had stopped short of walking out of the alliance.

Yesterday, Mr Naidu addressed his party parliamentarians in Delhi through teleconference and reportedly said Wednesday’s bypoll results in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar reflected an anti-Modi and anti-BJP wave.

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