Special Status to Andhra Pradesh is Under Consideration: Venkaiah

NEW DELHI: Reiterating that the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh was under active consideration of the center, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the two Telugu states were getting one project each every month because he was in the Union cabinet.

Naidu was responding when the AP Students’ JAC activists staged a dharna at his residence on Friday demanding that the center should immediately announce special status to the residuary state.

He assured the protestors that all promises made in AP Reorganization Act would be fulfilled. He said he was relentlessly pursuing with all central departments for procuring more projects to the two Telugu States. Pointing out that he brought about several institutions and universities to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu advised the Congress leaders not to resort to cheap politics. He also accused the leaders of having resorted to cheap politics at the time of issuing ordinance on the Polavaram project.

Stating that nothing could be achieved by staging dharnas except publicity, Naidu assured them that he would try to resolve the special status issue at the earliest. He also pointed out that the 14th Finance Commission never talked about the special status to Andhra Pradesh, and the issue was under the jurisdiction of the Union Finance and Home ministries.  (NSS)

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