Naidu confident Modi will do justice to AP

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed confidence that the BJP Government at the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would render justice to the State.

Responding to criticism by Leader of the Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his party members in the Assembly on Tuesday, Mr. Naidu said he was in contact with senior Ministers and key leaders at the Centre to see that the benefits promised to AP under the bifurcation law were actually sanctioned. The YSR Congress leader had dared the TDP to pull out from the NDA Government if it was convinced that the Centre had done injustice to AP.

Mr. Naidu explained that several commitments were made under the AP Reorganization Act as well as the speech by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Parliament during the debate on the bifurcation bill. These include special category status for the State, separate package for seven backward districts, special incentives for industrial development, declaration of Polavaram as a national project, separate railway zone at Vizag, liberal financial assistance for building the new capital and funding to bridge the revenue gap.

Mr. Naidu also said that State leaders of the BJP were also putting pressuring the Centre to fulfill these commitments. He criticized the YSRCP for leveling baseless allegations against his government and demanding break-up of the BJP-TDP coalition.

He pointed out that the TDP and BJP came to an understanding for the development of the State before the elections and for that reason why the forged a political alliance. He accused the erstwhile Congress government of dividing the State in a hurry and pushing (residuary) Andhra Pradesh into a deep crisis. He said Mr. Modi had promised during the election campaign that he would extend full support for  development of the State.

The Chief Minister  said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Urban Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, BJP president Amith Shah and other leaders had given him an assurance that they would  implement all the commitments made by Centre in the AP Reorganization Act. (NSS)

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