Centre gets major taxes from South, but spends more in North: Naidu coins step-motherly treatment

Amaravati (AP): Insisting on his demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour the promises made by the centre at the time of bifurcation of the state. Addressing the Legislative Council, he also said the TDP wanted the Centre to review the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and the promises made.

Referring to BJP leaders’ statements that funds for various development works and schemes were coming from the Centre, the Chief Minister said all that was peoples money.

“That is not your money or our money. Its peoples money, paid as taxes. The Centre gets more from south India as tax revenue but it spends more in north India,” he observed. TDP has pulled out its ministers from the Modi government, but said it would remain a part of the NDA.

Naidu said that he recalled Modi’s speech that “the Congress killed the mother (Andhra Pradesh) by delivering a baby (Telangana).” The TDP aligned with the NDA hoping Modi would take the responsibility for protecting the “mother”, he said days after pulling out of the BJP-led government at the centre over the special category status issue. “We reposed faith in Modi but he is not in a position to make it a reality, he said in his reply to the motion of thanks to the Governors Address.

“Hence we are strongly asking him (to honour the promises made in the Reorganisation Act as well as those made in Rajya Sabha by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh), Naidu said. He also charged the Centre with “deliberately” postponing things and finding excuses and propagating that he had accepted (what all they said)”… All this is not correct.

He maintained that special category status was a right of Andhra Pradesh, which was bifurcated to carve out separate Telangana state in 2014. “We are not in the (Central) government but we are still part of the NDA. So I am requesting… Andhra should be immediately granted special category status,” the chief minister said. He asserted that there was “no turning back” as the fight for the states rights would continue “till we achieve everything thats due.” Referring to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s sentiment remarks, the TDP supremo said Telangana state was formed only on sentiment. “You cant forget that fact.

When the state was divided based on sentiment, is it not the Centres responsibility to honour the sentiment now? he asked. While explaining the government’s stand on the special category demand, Jaitley had last week said : “Every state in India has the right to the central fund in the same manner. Sentiment does not decide quantum of funds, it is the Constitutional award of the Finance Commission which decides on the quantum of funds that the states get.”

He, however, had promised Andhra Pradesh funds equivalent to what a special category state receives and said his government was committed to meeting all promises made to Andhra Pradesh at the time of carving out Telengana.

Siasat Web Team