New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is upbeat about passing some key pieces of legislation during the monsoon session Parliament, but many of its allies are grumbling, for one reason or the other.

Among annoyed constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Shiv Sena, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

“The alliance partners are annoyed because they feel that BJP leadership doesn’t keep them in the loop of Parliament strategy and important negotiations. The problem has been persistent. It was only after repeated reminders by all alliance partners that the BJP started conducting NDA meetings," said a senior NDA leader, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha moved by Congress Rajya Sabha member K.V.P Ramachandra Rao demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh has opened new fault lines between the BJP and the TDP.

“Special status for Andhra Pradesh was promised by BJP leaders during the 2014 election campaign and now, when the government has been formed, BJP ministers have denied it. BJP has marginal presence in Andhra Pradesh but TDP is responsible towards the people of the state for the promises it made to them," said a TDP leader, who did not want to be named.

TDP leaders pointed out that the party was never in favour of the state’s bifurcation. “It is for the first time that bifurcation of the state happened near the state capital. Earlier, areas farther from the state capital demanded a separate state. In the past 60 years, all the assets were developed near Hyderabad and the mother state, Andhra Pradesh in this case, not only lacks assets and infrastructure but it doesn’t even have a ready state capital," the TDP leader added.

The SAD-BJP alliance is also strained because of the upcoming assembly election in Punjab. BJP, which is a junior partner in the state, feels it will suffer because of anti-incumbency against the state government led by SAD for nearly a decade.

The ongoing development and violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir has strained relations between the PDP and the BJP. Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have talked about starting a process of political dialogue with the people of the state, there are factions within PDP which want the regional party to reconsider the alliance with BJP. According to news agency Press Trust of India, 55 people have died in the month-long violent protests in Kashmir. “The alliance with PDP after Mehbooba Mufti took over has not been an easy one. BJP too had to think and discuss internally before the alliance took shape. There are differences which have persisted," said a senior BJP leader, who did not want to be named.

Deteriorating relations with alliance partner Shiv Sena in Maharashtra have also been a concern for the BJP leadership, which believes that Shiv Sena, one of the oldest allies of the BJP, has been critical of the party leadership without much provocation.

“There has been a role reversal between BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. Till October 2014, Shiv Sena was the senior partner in the state. But after the assembly elections, BJP became the senior partner as it won more seats than Shiv Sena. This is the first time that BJP is playing the role of a senior partner and the Shiv Sena leadership has not taken to this change in role kindly," the BJP leader added.

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