AP special status, Chandrababu seeks Pawan Kalyan ’s help

HYERABAD: An exasperated Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu is all set to take help of Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan to exert pressure on the  Centre for granting to special category status as well as financial package to the State.

The actor called on Mr. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday morning at the former’s residence and discussed issues related to the special category status and financial package to the State. They were closeted for one and a half hours.

The meeting assumes significance as Pawan Kalyan had tweeted a few days ago that time was ripe for the BJP Government at the Centre to keep its promise of providing adequate assistance to Andhra Pradesh. Also, many farmers holding Jana Sena flags staged a protest in capital city area in Guntur against what they called ‘forcible’ land pooling.

Nonetheless, a majority of farmers came forward to give their land for the capital city; but there was also some confusion and displeasure among others over this controversial issue.

Later, talking to media persons, Mr. Chandrababu said that he had sought Pawan Kalyan’s help with regard to construction of world class new capital for the state and to accompany him to Delhi to exert pressure on the Centre.  Pawan Kalyan reportedly expressed his discontent over the Union Budget 2015 as it failed to give clarity on special status issue and financial package.

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had time and again promised to extend complete support for the new capital construction and special financial assistance, the budget had failed to reflect the same, they felt.

Chandrababu also agreed with Pawan Kalyan’s argument that that the Centre did not honor the AP on these two issues. The actor is said to have settled to a proposal to make it to Delhi to meet Modi. It is learnt that they had decided to call on Mr. Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking necessary funds and special status. (NSS)

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