NEW DELHI: Within hours of finance minister Arun Jatiley saying no to "special status" for Andhra Pradesh, TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday announced that two TDP ministers - Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdhary - will quit the Narendra Modi cabinet tomorrow.
- The decision was taken at a meeting called by CM Chandrababu Naidu with party lawmakers late this evening
- I tried speaking to the Prime Minister as a courtesy to inform about our decision to quit but he did not come on line, Naidu said.
The CM said that the Centre-state relations have been neglected by the Centre. “Centre may create problems for us but state interests prime to us,” he said. "This is the first step. We will go ahead with other actions later," the Andhra CM added.
"Finance minister Arun Jaitley's statement was the last straw. They are apparently predetermined," Naidu said justifying the decision to ask TDP ministers to quit the Union Cabinet.
Earlier in the day, finance minister Arun Jaitley stepped in to pacify the sulking partner saying the Centre is committed to giving Andhra Pradesh financial assistance equivalent to a special category state. "We are committed to giving monetary equivalent to special status to Andhra Pradesh," he said.
Jaitley said he agreed with the assessment that Andhra Pradesh was financially suffering after Telengana was carved out of the state and his government will honour each and every commitment made by the Centre at the time of bifurcation.
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