On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah said that Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to end the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was directed by “political considerations” instead of Andhra Pradesh’s development concerns, and named his move “unfortunate and unilateral”.
Shah said that his party was a true well-wisher of the state in his letter to the Andhra Pradesh chief minister, who broke ties with the BJP following the Centre declined to grant special category status to the state. He also mentioned a number of development projects commenced by the Centre for the state, besides funds provided to them, as he sought to deny the charge that the Modi government had not fulfilled its promises. “This decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision, I am afraid will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of development concerns. It is widely known that the Union Government has not left any stone unturned in ensuring growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh,” the 53-year-old BJP president said.
“You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and in Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both states,” Shah added. Detailing five infrastructure projects the Central government has started in the state, Shah said, “a perusal of these would reaffirm what you already know and perhaps would not admit that Central government has fulfilled its obligations and that BJP is a genuine friend add true well-wisher of the state.” The TDP quitted out of the BJP-led alliance over the rejection to the agreement on special category status to Andhra Pradesh and justify other promises made at the time of state’s division in 2014.
“On the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh, it is regrettable that some political parties are whipping up public sentiments rather than encouraging an informed debate which is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. I would like you to introspect whether political parties should be pitting sentiments and development against each other to further their political agenda,” Naidu told to the Andhra Pradesh CM.