Vijayawada: BJP leader and Andhra Pradesh Minister Kamineni Srinivas on Monday clarified that he abruptly left the BJP State office-bearers meeting in the middle owing to ill-health.
He clarified the matter following displeasure expressed by BJP leaders after the meeting.
On Sunday, State BJP leaders assembled in Vijayawada to carve out a strategy to hit back at Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's false claims on Special Package and assurances from the Centre. If needed BJP Ministers — P Manikyala Rao and K Srinivas in the state cabinet would offer to resign from their Ministerial posts to step up pressure on the TDP leadership, the BJP said.
However, Minister Kamineni abruptly left the meeting when the issue was about to come up for discussion. Seeing the Minister leave the meeting, several BJP leaders raised objection to it.
The state BJP leaders said that the Ministers would directly send their resignations to BJP chief Amit Shah or to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is learnt that Manikyala Rao said that he was committed to any decision taken by the BJP leadership. State BJP president and Visakhapatnam MP K Hari Babu said that a strategy would be worked after consulting the party's top brass.
The TDP-BJP alliance is said to be on tenterhooks as the state BJP leaders have been taking exception to the claims of the TDP leadership over the special package. While the leaders have been painting "all is well" picture, a few TDP leaders have been indulging in verbal spat with the BJP.