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Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP eyeing infrastructure ministries in Modi cabinet? – India News

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A day after the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led by Chandrababu Naidu hinted at the party’s interest in securing ministries related to infrastructure ahead of portfolio allocations.

Two members of TDP, Ram Mohan Naidu and Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, were sworn in as part of Prime Minister Modi’s 71-member Council of Ministers on Sunday evening. The allocation of portfolios to these newly sworn-in ministers is expected to be finalised soon, possibly after a Cabinet meeting later in the day.

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Speaking to ANI, TDP MP from Bapatla constituency, Krishna Prasad highlighted the significance of infrastructure development for Andhra Pradesh. The state was formed after the split of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2014, with Hyderabad staying under Telangana’s jurisdiction.

Notable projects such as the Polavaram Irrigation Project and the transformation of Amravati into a metropolitan hub, alongside the establishment of ports along the state’s extensive coastline, underscore the critical role infrastructure plays in driving progress over the next five years.

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Commending the formation of the government and the alignment of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Prasad lauded the prospects for accelerated economic growth under the leadership of PM Modi. With a goal of making India the third-largest economy worldwide in the next five years, he stressed the importance of infrastructure for boosting the economy and creating jobs.

“Our vision, objectives, and functioning methods align well. Our focus is heavily on infrastructure, which drives the economy and provides solutions to employment problems,” Prasad said.

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In the recent Lok Sabha elections, TDP secured 16 seats, emerging as the largest partner of the BJP-led NDA alliance, which won a total of 292 seats to form the government.

Last evening, President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office and secrecy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his 71 Members of the Council of Ministers at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The event was attended by leaders from India’s neighboring countries and other dignitaries. PM Modi has led the BJP-led NDA to its third consecutive victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

In the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won an absolute majority on its own, securing 282 and 303 seats respectively. In 2024, PM Modi leads an NDA coalition with 292 seats in the Parliament and has emphasized the goal of making India a developed nation by 2047.

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