PM Modi speaks to Naidu..Bid to placate TDP?

New Delhi, March 8: In a bid to save the TDP-BJP alliance, PM Narendra Modi has spoken to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, media reports said on Thursday. The TDP has announced its decision to quit Modi cabinet to protest Centre's refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. Two TDP cabinet ministers in Modi government, YS Chowdary and Ashok Gajapathi Raju,  are expected to meet the PM shortly (around 6pm on Thursday) and tender their resignations.

TDP's decision came after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that special status for Andhra was not possible as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

TDP has alleged that the Centre has done injustice, a charge that has been refuted by the BJP. "Centre has offered all benefits without giving this (special status) tag,” party spokesman  GVL Narsimha Rao said.