Once again, the Union government refused to give an assurance on according special category status to Andhra Pradesh, a promise made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha during bifurcation of AP. The Centre on Tuesday reiterated its promise that “all the assurances given in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, would be implemented.”
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley chose to remain silent on the special category issue, while responding to questions posed by the Congress members in the Rajya Sabha over the same issue.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who spoke on the same subject in Lok Sabha, when Congress member Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue, turned the tables on the Congress party.
Pointing out that nowhere in the AP Reorganisation Act, the promise of granting special status to AP was mentioned, Venkaiah Naidu, said, “I am a student of Law. Nowhere in the Act, this is written about. The bill was brought by the UPA government.” Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of being “silent” when in power while turning “violent” on the issue when out of power, just to get political mileage.
“I am from the same region (AP). It is our government that has taken a keen interest on the development of AP soon after it took office. We took a number of decisions to help AP including construction of Polavaram irrigation project,” he said.
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