AP Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who had returned from his family visit to Jerusalem on Monday is now in the national capital for a third time. He visited Delhi on May 28 as chief minister-designate and again on June 14 as chief minister to attend NITI Aayog meeting. Now, this is his third visit to the national capital, where he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top ministers of the Central government.
The chief minister had come to the national capital with a long list of demands for the State. Accompanied by Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath, Industries Minister Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, Energy Minister Balineni Srinivas Reddy, Panchayat Raj and Mines Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Revenue Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, civil supplies minister Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao (Nani), the chief minister is scheduled to stay for two days in Delhi.
Jaganmohan Reddy is likely to seek funds from the Central government besides pressing his demand, either firmly or pleasingly, on the special category status. The issues of Polavaram Project, Kadapa steel plant and Ramayapatnam port are also on the agenda, besides the funds for the backward districts development, which was promised in the AP Reorganisation Act. The Polavaram project works are to be resumed on November 1 and the State government require a lot of funds to complete the project by 2021 as promised. Even if the government takes one more year and completes the project by 2022, that would be of great support for the party to go for the 2024 general elections. It is with this target, Jaganmohan Reddy had reached the national capital with his ministers and the list of the demands.
He is scheduled to meet Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and Home Minister Amit Shah, besides others, during his stay in the national capital. It is to be seen how fruitful this tour would be for Jaganmohan Reddy as he settles down to work on his return.