KVP Fixes Naidu On Special Category Status
Amaravati: Congress Member of Rajya Sabha K V P Ramachandra Rao on Tuesday dashed off a letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to mount pressure on the Central government seeking special category status to the State. KVP said that the Niti Ayog is set to hold its second meeting on April 23, 2017, after its first meeting held on February 8, 2015. He said that there was no scope of the Niti Ayog holding its third meeting before the 2019 elections and wanted Naidu to make use of this meeting to press for the special category status to the State.
The Congress MP recalled that the special category status was a promise by the ruling Congress-led UPA and supported by the BJP-led NDA in the Parliament. He further recalled that the NDA, in which the TDP too is a partner, had promised the special category status to the State in their election manifesto and have promised to the people at their election meeting in Tirupati. He wanted Naidu to fulfill the election promise and see that the State is given the special category status.
Ramachandra Rao ridiculed the NDA claims that special category status had become irrelevant in the light of the 14th Finance Commission. He recalled that the 14th Finance Commission chairman Y V Reddy had discounted the claim and had categorically denied to have recommended against the special category status to the State. Having exposed by the 14th Finance Commission report, the NDA was now taking shelter in the devolution of funds from the Center. He alleged that the Central government was taking excuse in the name of Finance Commission and the National Development Council recommendations.
The Congress MP wanted the BJP and the TDP to tell people why the parties have demanded for special category status before and during the 2014 elections and why it was not given now. Referring to the TDP claims of getting seven Polavaram mandals was possible only with the pressure mounted by Naidu, the Congress MP wanted the Chief Minister to mount similar pressure and get the special category status. It is now or never, he said and expressed confidence that Naidu would get the status and fulfill his election promise.