The Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution asking the Central government to give special category status (SCS) to the State forthwith. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who introduced the resolution, criticised the Union government for the discrimination being meted out to the State after bifurcation. The total neglect of the State by the Union government is condemned and the denial or delay of the implementation of the bifurcation benefits to the State is highly objectionable, the Chief Minister said in the resolution.
Interestingly, this is the third time that Chandrababu Naidu had led the State Assembly to pass resolutions seeking the special category status and other benefits. Earlier on two occasions, the Assembly had passed the resolution with Chandrababu Naidu giving long lectures on the benefits of the special category status and the need to give it to the state. His prolonged speeches in the Assembly on the two occasions have raised the hopes of the people on industrial development and employment opportunities.
Surprisingly, in 2016, when the Union government came forward with an alternative to the special category status Chandrababu Naidu had praised the government for such a wonderful package to the State. He had gone back on his tall claims about the special category status and attributed the same claims to the special package announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He disowned the special category status on the ground that none of the 11 States enjoying the status have developed and the special category status is not ideal for fast growth.
Ironically, the Chief Minister had equated the special category status to that of birth of a girl child and the special package to that of a male child in the family indicating the every family member would love to have a male child than the girl child. “If daughter-in-law wants to give birth to a male child, will the mother-in-law say no?” was what exactly Chandrababu Naidu had said welcoming the special package and disowning the special category status.
However, after two years, he took a U turn and now demanded that the Union government give the special category status and his government would not compromise on the special package. He also moved several steps forward to repeat the benefits of the special category status, when he made the Assembly pass the resolution.
Interestingly, the Union government too is equally strong on saying no to the special category status and it is to be seen how Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would react to the Assembly resolution.