Chandrababu Naidu not sure if Andhra will get special status

Written by | May 29, 2016 | 0
“I do not want any confrontation. Moreover, litigation cannot solve these problems,” Naidu, who is also the head of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), told a group of visiting journalists from New Delhi on the sidelines of a three-day TDP annual convention “Mahanadu” that concluded on Saturdary here.

At the annual TDP convention, a section of party members mounted pressure on the chief minister to harden his stance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government and press for the special status — a promise made in parliament by the then Congress government when Telangana was bifurcated and the state was divided into two in 2014.

The idea was to compensate Andhra Pradesh for the losses it suffered due to the division because all industrial and commercial development was concentrated around the capital Hyderabad that geographically belonged to the Telangana region. The status, which involves a huge financial package, is normally given to economically backward states in India.

Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress promised the status for five years if it returned to power. The BJP went a step ahead and promised to extend it for 10 years. But nothing has happened two years after the BJP came to power at the head of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of which Naidu’s TDP is a constituent.

“We are not asking any undue favour from the Centre. The Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act was brought by the Congress (government), but it is also true that all parties supported it. So, it is the responsibility of the Centre and also all political parties to resolve our problems,” Naidu said.

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