Amid TDP-BJP Row, AG Raju & YS Choudhary Submit Their Resignation to Narendra Modi
AG Raju & YS Choudhary (Image: PTI)

New Delhi, March 8: Amid the ongoing tussle between Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),  two TDP ministers-Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Choudhary from the Central government have tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two TDP MPs who were a part of the Union Cabinet arrived at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg to meet the Prime Minister to submit their resignation. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been able to speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to formally convey the party’s decision.  As per reports, the call was apparently a "no go" and the TDP ministers will submit their resignations when they meet the prime minister at 6 pm.

On Thursday, Prime Minister spoke to Naidu on call for 10 minutes. AS per reports, Naidu explained the Prime Minister his reasons to exit the central government. Civil Aviation Minister AG Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary will meet the Prime Minister at 6 this evening to give their resignation.

The tussle between the allies- TDP and BJP reached a flashpoint after Naidu’s failed bid to secure special category status for Andhra Pradesh.  Naidu’s TDP on Wednesday decided to pull out two of its ministers in the central government. "We have taken the decision to pull out two TDP ministers, civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Union minister of science and technology Srujana Chowdary, from the Union cabinet as all our efforts to get special category status failed. It was a last resort decision," Naidu said.

After TDP pulled out of the central government demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, JD(U)'s Pavan Verma has now said that a special category status for Bihar was also needed.  "Demand of special status to Bihar is a unanimous decision of the state assembly. Our demand is still active. Bihar development is our prime focus, said Neeraj Kumar, JDU spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said.