Raghuveera ridicules Union Cabinet nod for Special Package

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Congress on Thursday ridiculed the claims of both the TDP and BJP on giving Union Cabinet approval for special package for the State. APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy alleged that both the TDP and the BJP have betrayed the five crore people of the State by going back on the special category status and announcing special package.

Raghuveera Reddy recalled that the Parliament had passed the Reorganisation Act which had the provision to construct the prestigious Polavaram project with 100 per cent funding. He further recalled that the promise for special category status was also a promise by the then government in Parliament. While going back on the special category status, the financial commitment on the Polavaram project was not a great favour done to the people. “It was the constitutional obligation of the government to implement the provisions of the Act and construct the Polavaram project,” he said.

He further recalled that financial assistance to the backward districts of Rayalaseema and north Andhra too was part of the Reorganisation Act and it did not require the approval of the Cabinet. He said that implementation of the provisions of the Act cannot be claimed as a favour done to the State. He regretted that the Polavaram Project, financial assistance for the backward districts are now made part of the special package that both the TDP and BJP have been claiming as an alternative to the special status. By accepting this, the TDP government in the State had done a great injustice to the State as the special funds for the backward districts and financial assistance to the Polavaram Project are made part of this package.

Raghuveera Reddy took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for misleading people by wrongly quoting the report of the 14th Finance Commission in denying the special category status to the State. He said that at no point the Finance Commission had recommended against the special category status to the State.

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