Rahul Gandhi will give 'Special Category Status' to Andhra Pradesh: CM Naidu

Rahul Gandhi will give 'Special Category Status' to Andhra Pradesh: CM Naidu

Rahul Gandhi will give 'Special Category Status' to Andhra Pradesh: CM Naidu

"We have chose to pull out of the Union Government as the Centre has failed to accept the demands of the TDP on special status for AP, which was promised at the time of bifurcation and other demands connected to the state's finances", Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu told the media here late Wednesday night after holding consultations with his party colleagues. The separation is set to get rolling with TDP MPs Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary quitting the Modi cabinet.

All that hype about Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's Speech in the state Assembly on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address is fizzed out.

"Andhra Pradesh was unwilling and Telangana wanted the division". Jaitley's comments are being seen as arrogance and an insult to TDP and Andhra people, " a senior TDP leader and close confidant of Naidu said. At that time, special category state concept did exist.

"We did not ask for our state to be split", said Naidu, explaining the rationale for his party's demand for special status.

Highlighting the implications of the special status category, Jaitley clarified that instead of the conventional 60-40 contribution from the central and state governments towards central schemes; such states get a 30 percent advantage, as the ratio for this case is 90-10, with the larger proportion coming from the government. We have also told them that AP needs hand-holding by the Centre for some years to ensure a level-playing field among other states in south India, by fulfilling all the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act.

BJP activists staged a protest at the Gandhi statue near the GVMC, condemning the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "denigrated" by the TDP during a rally taken out here under the leadership of MLA and urban district president Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar seeking Special Category Status (SCS) and new railway zone. Referring to the agitations, Arun Jaitley said during the media briefing that they would not help increase the size of financial assistance and he ruled out granting SCS to Andhra Pradesh.

The finance minister took several minutes to explain the terms "special category" and "special package".

"Till now, nothing pertaining to special status has been done by the NDA government. We are not seeking any favour, but asking what was promised to us at the time of bifurcation", he said.

Naidu had expressed displeasure over reports that the Centre was not ready to concede the state's demands, particularly the grant of special category status and bridging the revenue deficit (for 2014-15 fiscal).

He saw the whole episode as a matter of Rs 4,000 crore due in the revenue deficit in 2014-15.

But then, Naidu just stops of doing that and only accused the Central of discriminating against Andhra Pradesh while giving funds for projects to other states.

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