This will also be the first time that Naidu will come face-to-face with Modi after the TDP pulled out of the NDA government, in March this year.

Andhra CM Naidu to meet PM Modi at NITI Ayog meet plans to take Centre head-on
news Politics Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:05

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is all set to raise several important points against the central government, during the NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Sunday, especially the issue over the refusal to grant 'special category status' to his state. 

According to reports, Naidu has been hosting a slew of meetings over the last week and has held extensive discussions on the issues that he will raise during the meeting.

This will also be the first time that Naidu will come face-to-face with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the TDP pulled out of the NDA government, in March this year. 

Calling for strengthened cooperative federalism, Naidu is also expected to raise several issues pending since the state's bifurcation in 2014. 

Just days ago, Naidu targeted BJP for using the office of the Governor for the political benefits.

"The trend of using the governor's office for political benefits of the ruling party at the centre, goes against the spirit of the Constitution," he tweeted.

The remarks by Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President, assumed significance as it came on the eve of Governor E S L Narasimhan's meeting with Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

The Governor briefed Modi about the latest political developments in Andhra Pradesh in the wake of ongoing fight for special status by the opposition YSR Congress and also the protests organised recently by the ruling TDP.

Narasimhan, who is Governor of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, had returned to Hyderabad without meeting Modi and Rajnath Singh in April following similar remarks by Naidu.

The TDP chief had then expressed his disapproval over the Governor's style of functioning, alleging that Narasimhan was playing a key role in uniting all opposition parties against the TDP. 

The TDP pulled out of the central government and BJP-led NDA in March over the issue of special status to the state. Naidu has since been targeting BJP and Modi for going back on their promise to accord special status.

On several occasions, Naidu alleged that the BJP was hatching a "big conspiracy" against the TDP government and advised his party leaders to be ready to face any situation.

 

IANS inputs

Read: How ‘common enemy’ TDP could be bringing the BJP and YSRCP together ahead of polls

 

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