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Two TDP ministers to quit NDA Cabinet today : AP CM
Two TDP ministers to quit NDA Cabinet today : AP CM
08 March, 2018
Andhra Pradesh Cheif Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday announced that two TDP ministers - Aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Junior minister for science and technology YS Chowdhury - will quit the Narendra Modi cabinet on Thursday.

The TDP supremo made the annoucnement in a press coference late on Wednesday night from his state's new capital, Amaravati. The move came just hours after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ruled out the possibility of grant of Special Category Status (SCS) for the State. 

Naidu said he had reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform him of the TDP's decision as a matter of courtesy, but the PM had been unavailable.

“I could not reach the prime minister on phone. Our officials informed the PMO of the decision,” the chief minister said.

However, Mr. Naidu clarified that TDP would continue to be part of the NDA for the time being.

"The Centre has been taking one sided decisions and our patience has run out now. When the purpose of joining the union cabinet hasn’t been fulfilled, it’s best to resign now," Mr. Naidu tweeted after announcing the decision, adding that he had tried reaching out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the latter had been "unavailable". "It's a crucial time. We have to stand, we have to fight, we have to get it done," he added.

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