Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had been accusing the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of taking back Rs 350 crore from the State account within two days after depositing the money towards the backward districts development. The charge is being levelled by the State government with Chandrababu Naidu and Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu repeating it at every occasion. The charge is that the Central government had deposited Rs 350 crore to the State under the backward districts development package that was promised to the State at the time of bifurcation. However, it was taken back by the Central government on the pretext that the money was given without clearance from the PMO.
Union Minister of State in charge of the PMO Jitendra Singh, who visited Vijayawada the other day, discounted this claim when the media persons asked him for clarification. The Minister who takes care of the PMO denied the role of PMO in financial transactions of the Central government with the State. “The PMO does not interfere with the devolution of funds from the Central government to the State. The charge that the money paid to the State was taken back is totally false and misleading. I am ready to prove it and let the State government come for debate with facts,” he said brushing aside other allegations of the State government.
The Union Minister said that “there might be delay in releasing funds from the Central government, but taking back the money already released just because there is no approval from PMO is totally false. The PMO does not interfere with the release of funds. The PMO might interfere in the decision to release certain amount. But once that decision is taken there is nowhere the PMO is involved.”
The TDP is totally banking on this amount to hit at the BJP and since the PMO minister himself had asked the State to prove the charge, it is now left for Chandrababu Naidu and Yanamala Ramakrishnudu to prove their charge with facts and figures.
Jitendra Singh made political allegations against the TDP and found fault with the TDP leadership for pulling out from the alliance. He had even questioned the sincerity of the TDP in breaking the alliance on the special category status demand after it had earlier agreed for special package. “Why did the TDP accept the special package in place of special category status and why is it now asking for the same,” was what the Union Minister asked and the TDP had to answer.