Special Status for AP not necessary: Purandeshwari

Vijayawada: In an indirect reference to Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan’s demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh, former Union minister and BJP leader Purandeshwari said on the recommendation of 14th Finance Commission special status would be withdrawn to those States which got this status from March.

Speaking at Tanuku in West Godavari district, she asserted that all facilities and benefits are being provided under special package which are part of special status. The responsibility of construction of Polavaram project lies with the Union government and the entire expenditure would be borne by it, the BJP leader said, adding that all benefits being given under special status would be stopped now as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission. In such a situation, the demand for special status to the State is unwarranted, Purandeshwasri said.

Condemning Pawan Kalyan’s comment against Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, another BJP leader Dara Sambaiah said Venkaiah Naidu was trying to get all the benefits to Andhra Pradesh. Stating that Pawan Kalyan is his best friend, Sambaiah said somebody was giving wrong information and suggestions to Pawan Kalyan. The Jana Sena chief has made comments due to misunderstanding, he said. –NSS

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