I visited Delhi 29 times, requesting the PM to handhold AP, but to no avail, says CM N Chandrababu Naidu

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While addressing the Assembly on Wednesday, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu uttered anguish on the step-motherly attitude of the Narendra Modi government. Calling up the Prime Minister’s remarks that Congress successfully delivered the baby (Telangana), but killed the mother, Naidu said that the Centre is obstructing funds flow to AP.

“I visited Delhi 29 times, requesting the PM to handhold AP, but to no avail. Funds flow for the new capital city and Polavaram project are meagre and promise on railway zone for Vizag remains unfulfilled,” Naidu said, repeating his demand that all 19 promises in AP Bifurcation Act be honored. While reverting to a thanksgiving motion to Governor’s address, Naidu said though TDP and BJP are in a coalition, Centre did not extend the projected support to the state that agonized heavily due to the bifurcation. The CM said that assets were given based on location, while liabilities distributed on basis of population. He added that electricity was shared based on consumption, lamenting injustice done to the state. Naidu also blamed Congress for the injustice and said he allied with BJP, expecting justice.

“I am the senior-most politician in the country. I am working hard for development of the state and looking forward to cordial relations with the Central government. But, indifferent attitude from the Centre is painful,” Naidu said. He also added that he had waited for almost four years working hard. “We have taken initiatives to develop the State, mobilise investments and rope in multinational companies to invest here,” the CM added and regretted that his hard work and the state’s growth is being punished by the Centre. “We have taken the decision to pull out two TDP ministers, civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Union minister of science and technology Srujana Chowdary, from the Union cabinet as all our efforts to get special category status failed. It was a last resort decision,” the AP CM said on Wednesday.

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