Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has termed as pack of lies the letter written by BJP national president Amit Shah. He alleged that the BJP chief is ‘trying to project us as inefficient’. The TDP president wanted to know why he is misleading the people by uttering lies.
Speaking in the State Assembly, he reacted to Amit Shah’s letter. “Why this discrimination against Andhra Pradesh,” Naidu asked. The chief minister said that BJP is launching a counter-attack on him just because he wanted the Centre to release whatever funds the state is due to get. He slammed the BJP for going back on its word to give a package which will be equal to the special category status.
Chandrababu Naidu accused the central government of not bothering to fulfill the commitments made to Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation. He said the Centre is even ignoring the people’s protest in the state. “Can’t you see the massive protest which is going on in the state,” he asked.
The TDP chief also wanted to know from the Centre why it refused to give industrial incentives. He said the Centre is extending every assistance to the North Eastern states but is no ready to give the same to Andhra Pradesh. He said the Centre promised EAP but did not release even a paisa. He asserted that he is not asking anything new but is only demanding implementation of commitments made at the time of bifurcation.
Lashing out at Amit Shah, Naidu said he has attacked Andhra Pradesh in his letter. He said the nine-page letter is full of lies. He said this was letter was not written to him but was written to insult and provoke the state.
Defending the decision to pull out of NDA, Naidu said as a senior leader with 40 years of experience he took the decision in tune with the sentiments of the people. He remarked that persons occupying top positions should not speak lies. He observed that had the Centre provided industrial incentives to Andhra Pradesh, many more industries would have come to the state. “Did the BJP not support the AP Reorganisation Bill tabled by the Congress,” he asked. He said after seeing the Union Budget, the TDP reached to a conclusion that the Centre will not do justice to the state and hence it decided to protest. Naidu added that the TDP openly announced its decisions.