At a three-day conclave, Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party passes a resolution saying regional parties have an understanding that they will come together to protect interests of the states.

Vijayawada: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Tuesday resolved to politically realign itself to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next Lok Sabha elections and protect federalism in India, a move that is expected to strengthen efforts to build a national coalition of opposition parties ahead of the general elections next year.

“Constitutional values of secularism, socialism and most importantly federalism are in danger. Regional parties have an understanding that they will come together to protect interests of the states,” the resolution passed on the last day of its annual three-day conclave ‘Mahanadu’ stated.

Finance Commission terms revision

Andhra Pradesh finance minister Y. Ramakrishnudu alleged that the Narendra Modi government is attempting to subvert the Constitution and violate rights of the states by taking away their fair share of funds.

Ramakrishnudu referred to reports that the Centre has recommended revision of the terms of reference for the 15th Finance Commission and revise devolution of funds to states from 42% to 37%.

“This move will not only affect southern states but all states. BJP ruled states may not oppose it but it is unfair to take our money because Modi wants more funds for the Centre so he can take credit for spending it then,” he said.

In May, Ramakrishnudu chaired a meeting of finance ministers of seven states, including Karnataka, Odisha, Sikkim, Mizoram, Punjab and West Bengal, to discuss this issue. A resolution passed against the proposed move was then submitted to the President.

Separately, Tamil Nadu has also written to Prime Minister Modi against changing the terms of reference.

“Modi government has suffocated the state governments. In the name of devolution, the centre arbitrarily drops off certain centrally sponsored schemes and then that burden falls on shrinking state budgets,” Ramakrishnudu added.

The party maintained that it pulled out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) purely because the centre did not financially assist Andhra Pradesh. However, chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the NDA under PM Modi and Amit Shah is not the same as it was former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure.

Position on the national coalition

The party said that no regional party except the TDP is capable of forging a coalition. It claimed it was instrumental in forming five out of six non-Congress governments in India and will now act against the BJP.

The TDP’s political resolution said while an alliance of regional parties defeating the BJP is certain, it is open to outside support from the Congress and the Left parties.

Top party sources said although there are no deliberations currently with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), a post-poll alliance with the ‘like-minded secular leader’ cannot be ruled out.

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  1. Prof PK Sharma,Freelance Journalist,Barnala(Punjab)
    The leaders of all political outfits in India must understand that the policy of hard and fast in modern day politics is not going to work!
    The post Karnataka Assembly Poll 2018 narrative must serve as an eye opener. Neither Congress nor Janata Dal(Secular) before election ever fancied their chances of joining hands together. These indulged in poll campaign of worst mud slinging exceeding all limits of decency.None knew but chance and destiny had in store for both ! But instantly both the parties had to enter into “a marriage of political convenience” not to allow the BJP to realise its dream of grabbing power in Karnataka by hook or crook at all !
    Mr. Chander Babu Naidu, no doubt an intelligent as well as seasoned leader must understand the gravity of situation that he alongwith other non-BJP opposition leaders is going to undertake a very Herculean task of challenging the might of BJP in May 2019,It is not going to be a child’s play. They will have to rise to the occasion to achieve their mission rising above all petty party,personal and political considerations.They will have to speak as well as act in a far more brilliant, strategic, credible, cautious and measured style !

    They will have to pass through a very severe ordeal in all regards to outsmart an authoritarian regime.Let us wait and watch how they fight with their backs to the wall translating their oral assertions into actuality without wasting even a single moment ?
    Prof PK Sharma,Freelance Journalist
    Pom Anm Nest, Barnala(Punjab)

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