Telugu Desam (TDP) formally pulled out of the central government on Thursday after a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu failed to reverse the downturn in ties between the allies a little more than a year ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls. Two TDP representatives quit the Modi ministry in Delhi while BJP ministers in the state government submitted their resignations to Naidu earlier in the day.
In Delhi, TDP ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju (civil aviation) and Y S Chowdary (MoS science and technology) gave their resignation. Likening the decision to an unfortunate divorce, Chowdary said, “We are happy when marriages happen, not when divorces happen. It is not a good move, but, unfortunately, due to unavoidable circumstances, we had to take this move.
This parting of TDP created a void in Ministry of Science and Technology team as Y S Chowdary was Minister of state and helped Indian govt. toward making big changes for science community along with Dr Harshvardhan and Dr K VijayRaghavan, the former secretary of Department of Biotechnology. Dr VijayRaghavan’s tenure as DBT secretary ended in first week of February 2018 after which the additional charge was taken by Dr Ashutosh Sharma, current Secretary to Department of Science and Technology (DST).
DBT now have to search for its secretary at the earliest after exit of Y S Chowdary and Dr VijayRaghavan because of lack of two important leadership positions. The current DBT Secretary took position as additional incharge after VijayRaghavan vacated the seat, but Dr Ashutosh is from chemical science background and thus a strong personality from Biological sciences background is the need of the hour. Now, the Modi Govt. has to search two instead of one leader on an immediate basis as India is determined to become 100 billion dollar bioeconomy by 2025.
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