Narendra Modi betrayed Andhra Pradesh by denying special status, says Chandrababu Naidu

Apr 05, 2018, 00:59
Narendra Modi betrayed Andhra Pradesh by denying special status, says Chandrababu Naidu

He also met leaders from different parties to generate support over getting Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said he was fighting against the Centre because it had hurt sentiments of his state by going back on its promise to give it special category status after its bifurcation.

On his arrival in Delhi on Tuesday, Naidu held extensive talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, TMC leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O'Brien, as well as Naresh Gujral (SAD ), SC Mishra (BSP) and Ananth Geethe (Shiv Sena).

While floor leaders of nearly all Opposition parties met Mr Naidu in the Central Hall of Parliament, no leader of effect from the ruling BJP or bitter rival YSR Congress called on him.

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He also met some BJP MPs, including Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha and Hema Malini. I tell them I developed Hyderabad for Telugu people. With all four years in NDA, I have done my best.

Reiterating the Centre's commitment towards the development of Andhra Pradesh, Javadekar ridiculed Naidu's politics.

The Modi government has been "magnanimous" to the state to the extent that many states have asked it why it was giving so much to one state, he said. We quit the NDA because the government was ignoring our demands. The Central Government is indulging in mud-slinging and it is painful.

"Centre's treatment to Andhra Pradesh is damaging the credibility that I have built over last 40 years".

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Following his meet with the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, TDP's Rajya Sabha MP CM Ramesh informed media that the Delhi chief minister said he would offer support to the TDP through members from his party in both houses of Parliament.

"I did not reach out to the Tamil Nadu Government".

"They (the government) are blaming me, saying we are prepared to give money, but you are not ready to take. So they should offer support to our cause", he said.

Subsequently, the BJP refuted Naidu's charges and ridiculed him for his attempts to seek support from the Opposition.

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Addressing a press conference here at the Constitution Club, Mr. Naidu criticised the Central Government over the matter related to Andhra Pradesh with reference to the Reorganisation Act, demanding that a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) be appointed to go into the Special Category Status. "In fact, Naidu has become a loner and nobody is interested in meeting him", he said.