On Wednesday, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu directed that the Telugu Desam would take a “right decision at the right time”, in between the speculation that the party may pull out of the Narendra Modi government. The CM lashed out at the Modi government saying it was “insulting the sentiments” of the people of the state by not devoting the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and also in Parliament.
During a teleconference this morning, the chief minister told his party MPs that “I know what is in your hearts and also the people’s hearts. There is no compromise in protecting the state’s interests. Let us bear whatever difficulty, but we will take a right decision at the right time”. The TDP also cautioned the Centre that it would not bode well if people’s sentiments were ignored. “We have to stand by the people and step up our fight to fulfil their aspirations. We are not asking for anything more than that is enshrined in the Reorganisation Act,” the CM highlighted on. He expressed discontent over reports that the Centre was not ready to consent the state’s demands, mainly the grant of special category status and bridging the revenue deficit (for 2014-15 fiscal).
“You step up your agitation till the Centre specifically addresses all our issues. Let it come clear on the promises made during bifurcation,” Naidu told the MPs. In the meantime, the state finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu aforesaid the atmosphere in New Delhi did not show that the Centre was prepared to decide AP’s issues in spite of the fact that a grave agitation by the state MPs in Parliament. The state finance minister, who held talks with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the past two days, alleged that no step was being taken to settle the crisis. He told reporters during an informal chat in the Assembly lobbies today that “We are basically pressing for three things – the grant of special category status, extension of industrial incentives on par with 11 other states and bridging of revenue deficit for 2014-15. The Centre says special category status is not possible”.