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Chandrababu concedes to opposition's pressure; to call all party meet
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been facing severe criticism for his failure in putting pressure on Narendra Modi government to realise promises made in the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2014.

Although the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs went on protesting in the Budget Session of the Parliament, being a crucial allay of ruling BJP-led NDA, the party failed in getting any tangible benefits for the state. The TDP was put in an awkward position with the decision of the main opposition party in the state, YSR Congress Party to ask its MPs to resign, if the Centre fails to accord special status to the state before April 6, the last day of the Budget Session of the Parliament.

Even the leader of opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy has asked the TDP to move a 'no confidence motion' against the Narendra Modi government, promising support of his MPs. On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh Congress party Chief N Raghuveera Reddy has pleaded with his party chief Rahul Gandhi to move a 'no confidence motion' against the Modi government, for failing to provide justice to the people of AP, although his party doesn't have any MLA or MP in Andhra Pradesh.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who had campaigned for the TDP-BJP in 2014 polls, formed a Joint Action Committee, by conducting two-day intensive discussions by inviting several non-party actors, besides Left parties in Hyderabad on fulfillment of bifurcation promises to AP.

Although pressures from these political parties may not cause any adverse impact on the stability of his government, Chandrababu Naidu has sensed that this may send wrong signals to the people of the state. So finally, he has announced that he will soon convene an all party meet. It may be significant to note that after coming to power in 2014, till now, not once such a meeting has been convened by him. Until now, Naidu hasn't even had a formal discussion with the leader of the opposition Jaganmohan Reddy, on any issue related to governance.

Presently only the TDP, YSRCP and the BJP are having presence in the state Assembly. Parties like the Congress, Jana Sena, Lok Satta, CPI and CPM have presence at all. Now, Chandrababu Naidu is consulting his party colleagues on whom to invite for the all party meeting. Whether to invite all registered parties in the state or only those having presence in the Assembly! This may be decided in a day or two.

As the state government is holding third CII partnership summit in Visakhapatnam from Feb 24, the all party meet is likely to be held before the summit. As the BJP is threatening to act as the opposition party in the forthcoming state Assembly Budget Session, being a partner in the state government, Chandrababu Naidu seems to be intent on resorting to a 'show of strength' by combining with opposition parties, so as to send strong signals to the Centre.

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