Arun Jaitley leads TDP - BJP alliance breakup!

Governor E S L Narasimhan reiterated the state’s demand for special category status and implementation of all promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act

Though the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is part of the NDA government at the Centre, its leaders are protesting against the Central government for "neglecting Andhra Pradesh".

Naidu's announcement came barely hours after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told a press conference in New Delhi this evening that funds equivalent to what a special category state receives would be extended to Andhra Pradesh, but drew a line saying politics can not increase the quantum of money. Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and MoS YS Chowdary have been informed to resign and the Ministers are expected to resign tomorrow morning.

The sources said that Chandrababu Naidu would explain to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the circumstances that led TDP to quit from the Union cabinet over phone. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state's health minister Kamineni Srinivas inaugurated the feeder ambulances in Amaravati for Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) areas as many habitations do not have good road connectivity. He said the Centre is awaiting a response from the state on this suggestion, PTI reported. Stating this as the reason, the central government denied special category status to AP and instead, assured "special assistance" by promising a "special package" in 2016, to be valid from 2015 to 2020. The centre is not fulfilling the promises it made.We have been raising the matter since the day of budget.

For North Eastern states and three hill states in the country, the Finance Commission suggested special status.

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According to the ABP News-CSDS survey conducted in January this year, 52% people in Andhra Pradesh are dissatisfied with Modi's performance as PM as against 37% who said they are satisfied.

Reiterating the Centre's commitment to aiding the state, Jaitley said Andhra Pradesh must decide what manner funds need to be given in. "We are not giving special status to any state". "This decision has been taken only to benefit the people of Andhra Pradesh". "But I have been sympathetic to Andhra Pradesh because I know it suffered due to bifurcation", Jaitley said.

Jaitely added that by one calculation, the state would have got Rs 4,000 crores of which the Centre has paid all but Rs 138 crore for 22 months.

"So, a special package for the state was announced, and we stand committed to it", he said.


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