The Telugu parties passed a no-confidence motion against the BJP in spite of having been one of the main supporters of the NDA, during the beginning of the administration in 2014. The parties, especially the Telugu Desam Party, wanted special status for the state since their erstwhile capital, Hyderabad, was given to the new state of Telangana during the bifurcation in 2014.
However, the agenda was not granted by the NDA and that made it one of the running critics of BJP, and led to the no-confidence motion that was passed during the monsoon session of the parliament. However, nothing much came out of it, as the BJP led alliance sailed through, winning with the support of 325 MPs.
Now the result of this could go both ways – one, is that the Modi-led administration fulfills its election manifesto promise of giving Andhra Pradesh a special category status for the next 10 years. This would help them regain lost support in the Andhra, a state that comes with 25 Lok Sabha seats – making BJP’s chances stronger.
The other alternative could be that Modi does not fulfill his promises and leaves the TDP and Andhra to its own fate. This could be the hubris of the BJP Prime Minister that everyone is waiting for – as he feels invulnerable in the political scenario right now. Chandrababu Naidu, the CM of Andhra Pradesh is already looking for regional party support from different states to form a non-Congress and non-BJP alliance. He might find his partner in West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who is also looking for a similar discourse for the Indian political scenario. TMC is the major party in WB and has 42 seats of the Lok Sabha within its grasp – a 100% win in the state would give it significant leverage and help it establish its presence in Delhi.
So, either the BJP brings backs its tried and tested allies back into the NDA umbrella by fulfilling its promises, or wait for something to brew up with Andhra, West Bengal, and even UP, coming up with a United Third Front in the 2019 General Elections.