Special status to Andhra: TDP MP Sivaprasad sports 'Parashurama' look
06 April, 2018, 07:01
Amid Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu's efforts to garner support for the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dismissed his charges of the Centre ignoring the development of the southern state. "We are fighting with the government of India from state government side". "In fact, Naidu has become a loner and nobody is interested in meeting him", he said. "When I fail? You want me to fail and you (the Central government) are doing that by tightening resources".
Naidu said he even told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that if he could sort out the issue "we will continue in the NDA" and it was only after that they made a decision to snap ties.
Naidu's visit comes a week after his West Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee spent a day in Parliament holding parleys with Opposition parties to forge a possible federal front against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "Had they given us special status within the first year, I would have saved ₹3,000-5,000 crore". I want to fight for that. He lambasted on the Central Government and also clarified BJP's accusation of diverting funds in Andhra Pradesh by saying, "This isn't the way of dealing with states". This issue was also discussed during Naidu's meeting with the opposition leaders.
"And after 29 visits, nothing happened". Because if they do (anything for Andhra) then my image will increase.
The BJP, Jana Sena Party and YSRCP did not attend it. "I have built my credibility over the last 40 years", he said. "That is why I have come here to explain to you (media) what all is happening", Naidu said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister on Tuesday expressed the need for the regional parties to join hands with the Telugu Desam Party to raise concerns over the "injustice" done by the NDA government at the Centre to all the states ruled by opposition parties.
He said the Left parties assured Mr Naidu that they supported him.
When asked about the centre's argument that the 14th Finance Commission did not allow the government to grant special status, the Andhra CM accused the Modi government of "lying" and concocting "stories", and said the commission's chairman and members have said there was no such bar. "Ours is a special state". He became a lawmaker in 1999 and has served in Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet as a minister.