The TDP said that BJP had criticised the construction of Amaravati over 33,000 acres, but the Gujarat government was acquiring one lakh acres for Dholera.

Rs 44k cr for Gujarat smart city but only Rs 25k cr for Amaravati TDP asks PM ModiImage: Screenshot/Mango News
news Politics Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 07:14

Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was biased in sanctioning funds for the upcoming capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) launched an attack on the central government.

Taking the example of Dholera, a smart city being developed in Modi's home state of Gujarat, the TDP alleged that it was being sanctioned a pittance for Amaravati. 

Speaking to reporters, former TDP MP Kambhampati Ram Mohan Rao said that the Centre had sanctioned Rs 44,000 crore for Dholera and released around Rs 5,000 crore, while it sanctioned on Rs 2,500 crore for Amaravati for which Rs 1,500 crore had been released.

Ram Mohan Rao stressed on the disparity and pointed out that there was such a huge difference in the amount even though Amaravati was to be the state's capital. 

According to reports, Dholera was the dream project of Modi while he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Pointing at the difference in the amount of land being acquired, Rao said that the state unit of the BJP had criticised the construction of Amaravati over 33,000 acres even as the Gujarat government was acquiring close to one lakh acres of land for Dholera. 

"If you don't respect the sentiments of the Andhra people, the BJP will face the same result as the Congress in the state, and get wiped out," the TDP leader told reporters.

Rao, who is also an official spokesperson for the TDP, also lashed out at state Governor ESL Narasimhan for allegedly asking Naidu to not be too harsh against the Centre.

Last month, the TDP pulled out of NDA to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.

He also accused the NDA government of failing to implement provisions made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.



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