TDP, BJP spar over Union budget, Oppn calls for Andhra Pradesh bandh on Feb 8
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TDP, BJP spar over Union budget, Oppn calls for Andhra Pradesh bandh on Feb 8

Despite the Telugu Desam Party deciding not pull out of the NDA over the ‘raw deal’ meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Union budget, the party traded barbs with its ally BJP on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 10:54 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs display placards and raise slogans to ‘save Andhra Pradesh' while staging a protest in front of Gandhi Statue in Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

The Telugu Desam Party and its ally BJP indulged in shadow boxing in Andhra Pradesh on Monday over the ‘raw deal’ meted out to the state in the Union budget while the opposition called for a statewide bandh on February 8.

TDP MLAs and workers launched a tirade against the BJP for ‘looking down’ upon its alliance partner. In Vijaywada, TDP workers tried to storm the house of BJP legislator Somu Veerraju who made strong allegations against Naidu for threatening to pull out of the NDA. They raised slogans against the BJP and burnt Veerraju’s effigy at Vijayawada.

The BJP MLC, addressing a party meeting in Kurnool on Sunday, had accused the TDP of indulging in massive corruption to siphon off Central funds. He alleged that TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief mister N Chandrababu Naidu who owned of just two acres of land four decades ago, has amassed wealth worth thousands of crores of rupees. There was large scale misuse of funds in pension scheme.

“There is rampant corruption in his own Kuppam constituency in Chittoor district. The TDP government has been getting thousands of crores of rupees for various schemes, but Naidu claims them as his own and has not been using Modi’s pictures anywhere,” he pointed out. “The BJP is clean, but the ally is corrupt,” he charged.

Another senior BJP leader and endowments minister in the Naidu cabinet P Manikyala Rao also found fault with the TDP for making allegations against Modi government on the budgetary allocations. “The Centre is committed to releasing funds to the state towards various projects. It has nothing to do with budget,” he said.

Reacting strongly to the BJP leaders’ remarks, TDP leaders said Naidu was only raising the issue of injustice to the state and not targeting the BJP or the NDA. “Leaders like Veerraju have a secret agenda of supporting the YSR Congress party. He is speaking exactly in the tone of YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. He should remember that he had become an MLC only with the support of Naidu,” TDP legislator Buddha Venkanna said.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, including YSR Congress party and the Left parties have called for a shutdown in AP on February 8, to protest the injustice done to the state in Union budget. “The Centre should grant special category status to AP, besides fulfilling the other issues mentioned in the Act such as Visakhapatnam Railway Zone, Kadapa Steel Plant and Dugarajapatnam port,” a statement from YSRC said.

In New Delhi, following Naidu’s instructions, TDP MPs barring two central ministers P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary, staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday raising slogans and holding placards to ‘save Andhra Pradesh’.

They demanded that the Centre fulfill the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, by making adequate allocations in the budget for the new capital Amaravati, metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, new railway zone for Visakhapatnam and the Polavaram irrigation project.

TDP MPs had earlier issued a notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for a discussion on the implementation promises made in AP Reorganisation Act. In the Rajya Sabha, the MPs stalled the proceedings and raised slogans in the House. “We shall stall the proceedings in Lok Sabha as well,” TDP MP from Chittoor N Sivaprasad said.

Later in the evening, the TDP MPs led by the two central ministers met Union home minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue of several pending issues not finding a mention in the Union budget and seek early solution to the stalemate.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 21:16 IST