The BJP leadership at the Centre had finally said no to the AP government’s demands, including the special category status. Union finance Minister Arun Jaitley had given enough indications on Tuesday that giving special category status to AP was not possible. He had met a delegation of the TDP led by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and told them that it was not possible to consider the special category status demand just because people are asking for it. He had also categorically ruled out the possibility of extending incentives to the industrial sector and reiterated that the Centre would only consider the issue of special package that was promised last year.
The irony is that the delegation led by Yanamala Ramakrishnudu could not meet BJP president Amit Shah, who had actually invited them. Though Shah had invited Chandrababu Naidu for talks, the TDP chief had sent the team headed by Yanamala. Perhaps angered by this, Shah had refused to meet the delegation.
The delegation also met the senior officials of the Union Finance Ministry who have reportedly told the delegation that issues concerning the financial commitments cannot be treated based on the sentiments of the people. The officials have also reportedly told the delegation that states like Bihar would ask for special category status and states like Tamil Nadu would ask for industrial incentives if Andhra Pradesh is given.
The feedback from the Finance Minister and the officials of the Finance Ministry to the Yanamala delegation is enough reason for the TDP to break the alliance. In fact, Chandrababu Naidu is said to have given enough indications on this and is likely to make an announcement in the next 24 hours breaking the alliance.
Chandrababu Naidu who had built his argument of getting benefits to the State being friendly with the BJP, is now trying to build a new argument that those who are not allies of the Central government have survived as Chief Ministers and it was not necessary to be an ally of the ruling party at the Centre. This is enough indication to prove that Chandrababu Naidu is preparing to break the alliance and project BJP as the villain of the State in the post-bifurcation scenario.