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Naidu threatens to move SC against Centre for not fulfilling promises in bifurcation act

AP CM Chandrababu Naidu also disputed NITI Aayog’s Rajiv Kumar’s observation that the state might not require any handholding support or special category status to overcome problems caused by the bifurcation.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2018 19:18 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
N Chandrababu Naidu,Andhra Pradesh,Telangana
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 12, 2018.(PTI)

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday threatened to move the Supreme Court against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government for not fulfilling the promises made in the reorganisation act.

Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party’s president, said his government would explore the option of moving the top court with regard to the implementation of some of the important issues mentioned in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, by the Centre.

“We are not asking any additional favours from the Centre. All that we have been requesting it is to fulfil the promises made in the act,” he said during the second-day of the Collectors’ Conference in Amaravati.

“Though everybody at the Centre admits that injustice was done to Andhra Pradesh due to the unscientific bifurcation of the combined state, they are trying to pass the buck when it comes to doing justice to the state,” he said.

The chief minister said he would continue to pursue the pending issues with the Centre.

“If there is no proper response, I have to explore the option of knocking the doors of the highest authority of justice. I told (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi also the same thing during our meeting recently,” Naidu said.

He also disputed National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog vice-chairperson Rajiv Kumar’s observation that Andhra Pradesh might not require any handholding support or special category status to overcome the problems caused by the bifurcation.

“It is true that AP has the highest GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) contribution in the country indicating the high economic growth, the main problem is that it has the low revenue base. The Centre should give handholding till a level-playing field is established as AP hasn’t yet recovered from the effects of bifurcation,” he said.

The chief minister took serious exception to the comments made by his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao at a meeting on Thursday that there was no comparison between the two states and Telangana was far ahead of Andhra Pradesh in terms of development.

He pointed out that people of 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh had made an immense contribution to the development of Telangana during the combined regime.

“The revenue surplus in Telangana is only because of the contribution of Hyderabad, which had witnessed rapid development after 1995 during the TDP regime,” he said.

The opposition parties lashed out at Naidu for threatening to move the Supreme Court against the Centre.

“It is shameful on his part to threaten the NDA now while sharing power with it at the Centre. It was only recently that he had met Modi and projected it as a great achievement. If you are not happy with the Centre, why can’t your party come out of the NDA?” AP Congress Committee spokesperson C Ramachandraiah asked.

YSR Congress Party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu also found fault with Naidu in blaming the Centre to cover up his own incompetence.

“Is it not ridiculous to move the court against the government in which his party is a part?” he asked.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 19:18 IST