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The News Minute | March 10, 2015 | 3:30 pm IST YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday urged the TDP to pull out of the central government, saying the latter was not doing justice to Andhra Pradesh. Speaking in the assembly, he also asked the Telugu Desam Party to dismiss Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers from the coalition government in the state. The leader of the opposition wondered why the TDP was continuing in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government despite the latter not granting special category status and fulfilling other commitments made to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The debate on the motion of thanks to the governor for his address was marred by sharp exchanges between the ruling and opposition parties. Jagan targeted the TDP for continuing in the central cabinet despite complaining of injustice to the state. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the TDP entered into an alliance with the BJP before the elections keeping in mind, the state's interests. He clarified that the central government had given special package to seven districts of Rayalaseema and north Andhra. Naidu said the previous UPA government did not include the commitment of special category status in the act. He added that the Modi government had also promised to make Visakhapatnam a separate railway zone, provide funds for development of a new state capital and bridge the revenue deficit. Reeling under the impact of bifurcation and tight resources, Andhra Pradesh hopes the central government will come to its rescue in a major way. Governor ESL Narasimhan, in his address to the joint session of the state legislature on Saturday had said that AP required complete cooperation and support of the centre to achieve its development goals. "During these few months, the state had anticipated a more favourable support from the centre. A more favourable response is still awaited," he said. "Our expectations for the state in the Union Budget 2015-16 did not fructify," he added, referring to the centre's silence on the commitments to give special category status to the state. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, however, clarified that his party was mounting pressure on the Narendra Modi government to protect the state's interests. With IANS Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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