Expectations On Package
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu have been extremely busy throughout Wednesday cooking up a package to be offered to Andhra Pradesh in lieu of Special Status. Almost all the Telugu news channels had cancelled the important 9 pm news bulletins expecting Arun Jaitley to make the announcement. TDP Minister Sujana Chowdary was seen making rounds to Finance Ministry several times. TDP MP CM Ramesh also met Jaitley briefly. Another TDP MP Narayana also was involved. AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, was busy talking to Jaitley on phone and also confabulating with the available ministers at Amaravati. Jaitley was slated to make the statement at 6.30 pm first. Then it was postponed to 8 pm. The statement has not been made till 10.20 pm when this report is composed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly told Jaitley before leaving on a foreign tour that a decision can be announced in his absence. However, Jaitley had sent the proposed package to the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) as an abundant precaution. The statement was also faxed to AP CM. Officers in the PMO were also talking to AP CM on finer details. While Chandrababu Naidu kept on repeating that he was insisting on the Special Status, he was helping Jaitley in preparing the package. The governments at the centre and in the State maintained that a package would be given in lieu of the special status but the package would most probably contain an aggregation of all the promises made in the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014.
In the meanwhile the AP leaders of the BJP were upset that they were not involved in the process. They cannot derive any mileage if they are not asked for inputs. They wish to be seen as involved.
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