AP CM’s tweet that it was the 'sentiments' of the Telangana people which led to the formation of the separate state did not go down well with KTR.

Andhra CM Naidu continues to hit out at Centre over injustice invites jibe from KTR
news Politics Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:06

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu continued to hit out at the Central government, angered over the “injustices” met out to the state, which seeks special status.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Naidu lashed out against the Centre.

"Expressing our strong protest against the Centre for their indifference and for not fulfilling the promises made. We have passed a resolution today in the Assembly. We demand that the six promises made by the previous Prime Minister should also be fulfilled. The resolution will be sent to the Centre," he tweeted.

“For a railway zone, numerous committees were constituted, but so far no clear assurance was given. In the law, while it is mentioned that the Dugarajapatnam port should be completed by 2018, after four years now they are asking to show an alternative for it. Is this the attitude of the Centre on its promises?” Naidu asked.

This also comes a day after Naidu addressed the state's Legislative Council in Amaravati.

Referring to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that "sentiments do not decide quantum of funds," the Andhra CM said that it was the 'sentiments' of the Telangana people which led to the formation of the separate state. 

"We also believed Modi all these years. But, as the Prime Minister did not live up to our expectations, we are going tough on his government and demanding the implementation of the Reorganisation Act in letter and spirit,” Naidu added.

In a tweet, Naidu reiterated his demands saying that Telangana statehood was granted only because of sentiments.

The tweet presumably did not go down too well with Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao, who took a jibe at Naidu. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, KTR said, "Sir, with all due respect we, the people of Telangana never flip-flopped in our demand for statehood. (We) never-ever settled for any package even when many were offered."

KTR was taking a dig at the TDP's earlier decision to accept a 'special package' from the Centre instead of the special status.

"You can fight for your rights but do not belittle and undermine the struggle and sacrifices of the people of Telangana," the Telangana Minister added. 

Background

The TDP, which has pulled out its two ministers from the Modi government, is gearing up to expose the ‘raw deal’ meted out by the Centre to Andhra Pradesh since the bifurcation of the state.

BJP Ministers Kamineni Srinivas (Medical and Health) and P Manikyala Rao (Endowments) also resigned from the Chandrababu Naidu government last week.

TDP MPs informed Naidu that many parties in Parliament supported the TDP's decision to pull out of the Modi government. 

Several ministers and leaders in the state also told him that 98% of the people in the state were appreciative of the "timely and right" decision.

 

IANS inputs

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