April 20, 2018

Andhra special status: Chandrababu Naidu meets Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi

05 April 2018, 01:03 | Marta Robbins

TDP MP Naramalli Sivaprasad

Naramalli Sivaprasad

On March 8, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had announced that 2 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ministers would be withdrawing from the central government after the centre did not heed to its demands for special category status for the state.

Chandrababu Naidu arrived in New Delhi to intensify pressure on Center to provide special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, has met leaders from different political parties to further his cause. "In fact, Naidu has become a loner and nobody is interested in meeting him", he said.

"We aim to develop each part of the country and our commitment to the Andhra Pradesh people is firm".

"Those who are aware with Andhra politics, they know it better", he said adding that this was not the way to enter into political blame game.

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Earlier in the day, Naidu met his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal as part of efforts to mobilise support for the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP against the Centre.

Addressing reporters immediately after Naidu accused the BJP-led NDA government of betraying the people on the Centre's promise of giving special status to the bifurcated state, Javadekar came with details of the projects being carried out in the state. "Andhra Pradesh is fighting with the Centre and I am Centre's attitude", he said, adding that the bifurcation of the state has brought down Andhra's per capita income to 10.96 %, the lowest compared to other southern states. It has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government over the issue. "I am here to get justice for my state". Congress lost elections in Andhra Pradesh, and now BJP is in power. "We never attack people, We never attack erstwhile friends as is being done by the TDP". Irrespective of the developments on Tuesday, Naidu is slated to hold a press conference in Delhi on Wednesday and address the national media before he returns to Vijayawada in the evening.

Naidu also answered questions pertaining to the allocation of funds and the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission. "You (TDP) have 16 MPs, we fought together against Congress and now you (Naidu) are meeting Congress leaders", Javadekar said.

While accusing the BJP leadership of "shielding" the opposition YSR Congress Party, Naidu alleged that the regional party is tainted because of various allegations against it.

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