‘NDA Govt misleading Supreme Court, Parliament on AP issues’

Ch R S Sarma Vijayawada | Updated on July 31, 2018 Published on July 31, 2018

A file photo of Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister, Y Ramakrishnudu.

The Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister, Y Ramakrishnudu, has accused the the NDA Government of misleading the Supreme Court as well as Parliament on many issues related to Andhra Pradesh.

He said this at a press conference at Amaravati on Tuesday.

The Minister said the Union Government was not presenting the correct picture either before the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing a petition on implementation of the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014, or before the two Houses of Parliament.

On the issue of according special category status to Andhra Pradesh, the Centre had agreed to give a special package with equivalent benefits but it had gone back on the promise.

“At the time of offering the special package in lieu of the promised special category status also, the Centre did not give us the correct position. Subsequently, the Union Government did not take any follow-up measures. On the other hand, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mooted the idea of forming a special purpose vehicle (SPV) subsequently to the detriment of State's interests. The Centre was always searching for escape routes and was not at all sincere in implementing the provisions of the Act or honouring the promises," he alleged.

Similarly, Ramakrishnudu said BJP leaders were indulging in double talk on other crucial issues such as the promised railway zone at Visakhapatnam and other issues. "Strangely, the Opposition YSR Congress Party and Janasena led by film star Pawan Kalyan are not uttering a word against the Centre and they are training their guns on the TDP Government, which proved that they were hand in glove with the BJP," he alleged.

The Minister said that the Telugu Desam Party would fight relentlessly to safeguard the interests of the State and it would make no compromises on the issue. A counter affidavit would be filed in the Supreme Court questioning the claims of the Centre on these issues, he added.

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Published on July 31, 2018
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