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Naidu noted that compared to the northern states, the budget allocations for the southern states were meagre.

Angry over the injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19, the state's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is planning to mount pressure on BJP.

A state cabinet meeting in Amaravati on Friday witnessed heated scenes as several top TDP leaders demanded that their alliance with the BJP must be snapped.

The TDP is a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the junior ally in TDP-led government in the state.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told his cabinet colleagues that the party will take a political decision on the issue, according to sources.

Naidu, who is also the TDP president, said there will be a fight on the injustice done to the state. However, he advised his ministers to exercise restraint and not to speak whatever they like, as it would do more damage to the already strained relationship between the two parties.

The nearly three-hour-long meeting, which ended at 8:30 pm, discussed in detail the meagre allocations made to the state in the budget despite repeated demands for last four years to fulfill the commitments made at the time of the state's division.

Naidu noted that compared to the northern states, the budget allocations for the southern states were meagre. He said among the southern states, Andhra Pradesh has the lowest revenues and he had been demanding the Centre to handhold the state till it comes up at par with other states.

The meeting felt that the Centre ignored the demands for release of funds under special assistance measure announced last year in lieu of special category status, allocation for Polavaram project and financial assistance for development of state capital Amaravati.

The ministers were of the view that the Centre should have at least sanctioned Metro project for Visakhapatnam.

 

IANS inputs