Naidu Attacks Rahul, Blames Cong For Bifurcation
Amaravathi: A day after Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on special category status for Andhra Pradesh in Guntur, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu attacked him saying that Congress was responsible for bifurcation of the State.
It was reported that Naidu speaking on the fourth day of Nava Nirmana Deeksha criticised Congress that instead of saying sorry to the people of Andhra Pradesh for the unethical bifurcation, it is trying to play with sentiments in the name Special Status.
He defended his government’s decision to settle for the special package announced by the Centre.
During his visit to AP, Rahul promised SCS to Andhra Pradesh if his party is voted to power in the 2019 Assembly elections. Naidu accused the Congress of stoking emotions.
Alleging that Congress which did not take any measures to ensure legality for the SCs, he said that Congress was now utilising the topic for its own interest.
Incidentally, Congress did not gain much in either Andhra Pradesh or Telangana after bifurcation, though it is the party which is responsible for it. In Telangana, people gave all the credit to Telangana Rashtra Samithi, while in AP people were angry with Congress for bifurcating the State. In fact, Congress government promised special status to Andhra Pradesh for five years during the debate on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in Parliament.
Even during the 2014 elections, both the parties, BJP and TDP, had promised the special status for 10 years.
After BJP came to power, the Centre ruled out special status, citing a report of the 14th Finance Commission.