AP CM meets PM Narendra Modi amid buzz of YSRCP joining NDA

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The speculation has been doing rounds in political circles ever since YSRCP lent its support to all major decisions of the NDA government and its legislations, including the controversial farm laws.

A scheduled meeting Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, October 6, strengthened speculations that his YSR Congress Party may join the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

Apart from seeking Centre’s support to the state to tide over the Covid-induced financial crisis what else has transpired between the two leaders is immediately not known. The speculation has been doing rounds in political circles ever since YSRCP lent its support to all major decisions of the NDA government and its legislations, including the the controversial farm laws.

Entry of YSCRP into the NDA is considered significant since two of its oldest allies have junked the NDA. While Shiromani Akali Dal, NDA’s quit the coalition over its opposition to the farm laws, the Shiv Sena jumped ship over the issue of chief ministership in Maharashtra. YSRCP has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha and six in the Rajya Sabha.

Indications about the alliance came when senior YSRCP leader and Chief Whip in the Assembly G Srikanth Reddy said last week that the party was open to a dialogue on joining the NDA at the Centre.

He was quoted by Times of India as saying that they were open for a discussion on joining the NDA if the Centre fulfilled all promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and accords Special Category Status which were promised by during the bifurcation of the state in 2014 to carve out Telangana.

"We are more concerned about the welfare of our state. If they consider all issues that are mentioned in the bifurcation (AP Reorganisation Act) act and announce special category status, then we will try to discuss that. We will start a dialogue, Srikanth Reddy told PTI.

He, however, said there was neither any invitation from the NDA nor any proposal from YSRCP to join the alliance. Replying to a query, he said Jagan's meeting with the PM was purely for discussing development issues concerning the state and nothing to do with politics.

AP government advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy denied speculations stating that the YSRCP does not have any proposals from the BJP about being inducted into the Union government. He said that the BJP at the Centre does not require their support since the party has a majority in the Lok Sabha.

"As a regional party our interests, aims are confined to the state alone, we don't think about anything other than state interests," Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy was quoted by the News Minute as saying.

He added, "We will not think about cabinet berths, to fulfill the state interests we will have our line of thinking, if such a situation arises we will see what to seek for the state but not look for four portfolios like Chandrababu Naidu."

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