Allegations of diverting funds in Andhra are 'baseless': CM Naidu

Posted April 05, 2018

Campaigning in the national Capital, Naidu met key Opposition leaders including Congress' Veerappa Moily, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday, the TDP chief accused the BJP-led NDA government of playing with the emotions of people of Andhra Pradesh.

He said that it pained him a lot when the Chief Minister said that the TDP suffered loss of atleast 15 seats due to its alliance with BJP.

He also met leaders from the Congress, SP, BSP, AIADMK, DMK and Shiv Sena. "I am here to get justice for my state".

Mr. Naidu, who is on a two-day tour of the capital, met a host of Opposition leaders in Parliament on Tuesday. "Appoint JPC and tell them to have a look into the issue", he said.

"We had said that the bifurcation should be smooth, scientific and fair to both States. And that decision had already been taken", Pawan Munjal, chairman and managing director of two-wheeler major Hero Motocorp, recently said at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for a factory at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. Once BJP came to power, and Modi became the PM, they have ignored Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu has tried to give the impression that he is meeting the Opposition leaders to mobilise support for the no-confidence motion pending in Parliament, but the menu on the talking table included the contour of evolving Opposition unity.

Most Opposition parties, including the Congress, have announced support for the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP.

Justifying his decision to leave the NDA, he said he waited for four years and made 29 visits to the Centre on the issue.

Mr Naidu also questioned the government over taking back the money granted to the state without any prior notice or intimation alleging that without any information and discussion the government rolled back the funds through RBI.

Protests by Andhra Pradesh MPs increased when the Union Budget 2018 presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1 did not mention any special package for Andhra Pradesh, nor was a "special category status" granted as had been promised at the time of the state's bifurcation. That is why you are not supporting Andhra Pradesh?

"We do not attack erstwhile friends in an unfriendly manner", human resource development ( HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said.

This was the allegation made by YSR Congress party.

Reiterating the Centre's commitment towards the development of Andhra Pradesh, Javadekar ridiculed Naidu's politics. "Our leader will not venture out on Tuesday to meet leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi".