Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised greater support to Andhra Pradesh in his second stint. He said that he would not discriminate the State despite people not voting for Bharatiya Janata Party. He said he had highest regards for the people of the State who are wise enough to choose their leaders.
Narendra Modi addressed a meeting in Tirupathi on Sunday for the first time after taking over the reins for the second consecutive term. While he had visited this temple town during the campaign in 2014, he had come here after the swearing-in in the 2019 elections. He worshipped the presiding deity for the wellbeing of the people of the country. He also pledged to build a new India this time, with some innovative initiatives.
The Prime Minister said his government is committed to extend greater support to the State, without making any reference to the demands of the people on the bifurcation issues, particularly the special category status. While chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is asking for the special category status, BJP leadership, particularly its State president Kanna Lakshminarayana had said that the special category status is a closed chapter. However, Prime Minister did not make any reference to this issue. Nor did he make any reference to the other bifurcation issues such has railway zone, steel plant, sea port, funds to the backward district and so on.
The chief minister was initially planned to submit a representation to the Prime Minister seeking funds to the State, but differed it as he would be visiting the national capital for the second time on June 15, where he would be attending the NITI Aayog meeting. As the Prime Minister did not mention any project connected and concerned with the State of Andhra Pradesh, but had only promised some greater help, it is to be seen how the State government would take this help in developing the State and living up to the expectations of the people.