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The government today persuaded TDP and YSRCP members from calling off their protests in the Lok Sabha before Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his reply to the motion of thanks on the president's address, but it ended up with Congress members trooping into the Well.

Mumbai: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu held telephonic talk with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray learnt from reliable sources.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley declared in Rajya Sabha yesterday that the Centre is making efforts to honour all its commitments towards Andhra Pradesh and it will work out a formula to release a special package of funds for the state soon.

Earlier this week, there were speculations that the state's ruling party, TDP, would break its alliance with BJP. He reminded them that other than interests of Andhra Pradesh, no other issue was important.

Responding to the reports of TDP being upset with BJP, Jaitley on Sunday, in an interview with CNN-News18, had said that the differences with the alliance partner will be amicably resolved and had exuded confidence that NDA will remain intact to face the 2019 General Elections to Lok Sabha together. It has nothing to do with the budget.

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The promises include special category status for Andhra Pradesh, completion of Polavaram irrigation project, financial support for setting up a new capital and setting up of a new railway zone at Visakhapatnam, he said.

"This is the BJP-led government's fourth budget and we want all those promises fulfilled in the current term itself", said TDP MP Jayadev Galla.

"People (of Andhra Pradesh) are looking forward with anticipation. The matters they are raising will be looked into", he said. There is a huge public pressure and the centre can no more hoodwink the issue.

The YSRC MPs, too, staged protests at Gandhi statue, but targeted mainly the TDP for failing to protect the interests of the state.

Modi also lauded former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for smoothly creating 3 states without any hassles whereas the Congress mishandled the entire bifurcation of the AP.


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