The BJP today dismissed the charges of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu against the Union government as "frivolous" and something which no one will believe, and cited a number of central projects in the state to underline its commitment to development there.
Naidu is meeting opposition leaders to drum up support on pressuring the Centre to give a special category status to Andhra. "They did a few minor things, but major part of (Andhra Pradesh) bifurcation act was not implemented".
The meetings that took place at the Central Hall of Parliament were aimed at garnering support for the no-confidence motion against the NDA government.
Giving a fresh impetus to the ongoing efforts to stitch together an anti-BJP front to take on the BJP, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is holding extensive talks with Opposition leaders on the line of initiative undertaken by his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee. "I am here to get justice for my state". The state's ruling TDP also pledged support to the motion, as well as other parties including the National Congress party. I waited for four years. He claimed that the YSR Congress Party of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had access to the Prime Minister's office and this government had "some connection" with the party. "Andhra Pradesh is fighting with the Centre and I am Centre's attitude", he said, adding that the bifurcation of the state has brought down Andhra's per capita income to 10.96 %, the lowest compared to other southern states. Sometimes, they said there are elections, sometimes they said they would do it.
Further stressing on the issue, Naidu said that the judgment of the apex court has made the act "less efficacious". "The chairman and member of the Finance Commission said their mandate was only to accord funds to state and the Centre".
"We are deeply pained with our erstwhile partner TDP leaving the alliance, " said Union HRD Minister and Party Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar in a joint press conference here. We never attack any region or people.
He termed Naidu's allegations as politically motivated. "Our leader will not venture out on Tuesday to meet leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi".
He later tweeted, "Interacted with NCP president Sharad Pawar, NC president Farooq Abdullah, TMC leaders Derek O'Brien, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Jyotiraditya Scindia from Congress regarding no-confidence motion, highlighted the injustice done to AP for its special status".