Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

PM to look after Civil Aviation Ministry

PM to look after Civil Aviation Ministry

He said that the decision to pull out the ministers was taken after consulting all the MPs and MLAs of the party. "We, therefore, resigned", Chowdary said. But Naidu apparently told him of his compulsions.

Both ministers met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on Thursday evening and tendered their resignations. While the Sena hasn't taken any call yet, senior Sena leaders said that Uddhav was mulling over the possibility of asking Anant Geete, the lone Sena minister in the Modi government, to step down.

However, Chowdary said that the TDP would continue to be part of the BJP-led NDA government but none of its members would hold ministerial positions. Industrial incentives are being provided to them but not to Andhra Pradesh. Solutions are being attempted.

"We strongly believe that we will not stop trying..." We hope solutions will come. It was a cordial atmosphere. Chowdary was the Minister of State for Science and Technology. They are holding hands of the North Eastern states why not Andhra Pradesh's. On Jaitley's failed outreach effort, they said that the finance minister only said what was constitutionally possible. The reason was Andhra Pradesh not being granted special status. The issue of a special status has been brought up multiple times by the TDP; since the creation of the Telangana state in 2014. At least the special package should have been implemented by putting time-lines. In the south, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are tough nuts to crack as far as the BJP is concerned. In Patna, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said it saluted the courage shown by Naidu, and asked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to "speak up" for the state.

He also said the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act should not have been passed amid din in Parliament. "Now, he is raising the issue of the special status for political gains", Purandeswari said in Vijayawada on Friday.

On the other side, the President of India had accepted the resignations of Union Ministers Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdhary a little while ago and the President directs that work of Aviation Ministry to be looked after by PM Modi.

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