Andhra Cheif Minister to Meet Modi
Andhra Cheif Minister to Meet Modi to discuss the ‘Special Status’ Row issue.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu will meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening to discuss the issues over special status to the Andhra state. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to raise the special status issue with the PM and central funds for developmental related work in the state. All political parties including TDP – BJP ally – in Andhra Pradesh joined hands against the Centre for not grating special status, which was promised during bifurcation of the state by the previous UPA government.
TDP MPs are protesting to press their demand, while the main opposition in the state – YSR Congress Party – had recently called for a statewide shutdown.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised in parliament, at the time of bifurcation that special status will be granted to Andhra for five years. They alleged that the previous government has promised to grant a special status to the state but now they felt cheated.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitely refused the special status, stating in Parliament that the Centre would support the state until Andhra Pradesh becomes economically stable. Refusing the special status, Jaitely informed the Parliament that Centre would “handhold” the state until it became economically stable.