The resignations of Telugu Desam Party ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Civil Aviation) and YS Chowdary (MoS Science and Technology) were personally submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday following the TDP deciding to pull itself out of the government as a 'first step' in protest over the issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
The resignation letters will now be sent to the President for his nod.
Here are the ministers' resignation letters to the Prime Minister:
In a dramatic Wednesday night development, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu addressed a news briefing to announce that his party, the BJP's second biggest ally in the Lok Sabha, would be pulling out of the government and that its two central ministers would be resigning. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had just hours earlier made an offered the state "the monetary equivalent of special category status", but the offer wasn't accepted.
The TDP had been an NDA constituent since the time that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India.
In the current government, the TDP is the BJP's second largest ally with 16 seats in the Lok Sabha. The demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh has been a point of contention between the TDP and the government since the state was split and Telangana was formed. The issue had reached a head when the state government wasn't satisfied with the 2018 Union Budget. The BJP had backed the demand for special category status when is was in Opposition.