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TDP kickstarts no-confidence motion, accuses Modi govt of betraying Andhra

TDP MP Jayadev Galla alleged the BJP was as guilty of hurting Andhra Pradesh as the Congress was. Galla began delivering his address just minutes after 19 members of the Biju Janata Dal walked out of the Lok Sabha, saying it would not like to be embroiled in a battle that holds little relevance for Odisha.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 15:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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TDP members of Parliament protest for demanding special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh at Parliament House in New Delhi on April 2, 2018. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

In a blistering attack on the NDA government, TDP MP Jayadev Galla led the party’s charge reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his promise in front of Lord Balaji and even gave a “shraap” (curse) on the floor of Lok Sabha that the BJP would be decimated in Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP which pulled out of the NDA earlier this year over the Centre’s refusal to grant to special category status to Andhra Pradesh, initiated the debate in the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha. It also dubbed the argument that the 14th finance commission didn’t recommend special status for the state as misleading.

Galla, the MP from Guntur who opened the debate, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘misleading and deceiving’ the people of Andhra Pradesh.

“Do you have respect for that your predecessor (Manmohan Singh) has promised? How can we function if the word of PM is not fulfilled?” Galla said.

The US-educated MP reminded Modi that the BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised to give Andhra Pradesh additional five years of special category state status. “In front of Lord Balaji you promised special status. You asked us to choose Scheme Andhra or scam Andhra. Why should we have confidence and trust in you? BJP would be decimated in Andhra Pradesh if you don’t fulfill promises,

Mr PM, it’s not a threat, it’s a ‘shraap’ (curse),” said Galla.

TDP functionaries said that on Thursday evening, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had given clear instructions to his MPs though video conference on what to say in Parliament. The TDP, which will face both Lok Sabha and assembly polls next year, is all set to make the Centre’s refusal to give special status to Andhra Pradesh its key poll plank.

Mixed with emotions and facts, Galla’s speech laid the ground for the future electoral battles. The TDP extensively quoted 14th finance commission members that the panel never said no to granting special status to Andhra Pradesh. It also referred to Niti Ayog orders to allege that the ruling BJP “is equating AP with NE states and not willing to make it at par with southern states.”

“It’s a blunder to say that the 14thFinance Commission has not recommended special status. We want the union cabinet to take a decision. The Parliament can give us special status,” said Galla as he accused the Centre of releasing less money than that promised.

Referring to the statue of Sardar Patel, Galla quipped, “Statues are getting more funding than the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. We got just Ts 1500 crore to build Amravati. PM Modi wants to build Dholera (a city in Gujrata) as Shanghai. But AP can’t get a world class city. He promised us all help to build Amaravati in front of Lord Balaji. He even advised our chief minister to visit Astana.”

The TDP MP further added that the backward districts of Andhra Pradesh got 1/10thof what Bundlekhand got in per capita basis. “A file to release Rs 350 crore for backward districts is lying on PM’s desk for past 6 months,” Galla said. The paltry funding will mean that it will take 20-30 years to complete all institutions, he said.

“I want to quote what Sardar Ballavbhai Patel had said. It will be a folly to ignore reality. Facts take their own revenge,” said the TDP MP..

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 12:06 IST