Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday warned BJP president Amit Shah against meddling in the administration after the latter made sarcastic remarks about his dream capital city being still locked in Singaporean file.
Addressing party cadres on the second day of Mahanadu, the biennial party conclave currently being held in Vijayawada Mr Naidu wondered how Mr Shah who was BJP president and merely an MP could ask for utilisation certificate for the funds released by Centre to the state.
“Who is Amit Shah to say whether or not Andhra Pradesh gave utilisation certificates for central funds? Let the Prime Minister speak,” said Mr Naidu. He also wondered whether UCs were required for granting special category status or for bridging revenue gap, both promised to AP during bifurcation.
Chief minister iterated that the master plan for Amaravathi has been finalised, tenders have been called and construction work was going on in full swing in the new capital city. Mr Shah had said not a single brick had been laid till date at Amaravati.
The BJP president had said that the state government was yet to submit utilisation certificate for Rs 2500 crore released by central government for Amaravati and hence questioned how further funds can be released under such circumstances.
Adding that it was unbecoming of a party president to indulge in false propaganda Mr Naidu said only Rs 1500 crore had been given for new capital city and another Rs 1000 crore was sanctioned for underground drainage works in Vijayawada and Guntur. The state has not received any funds following the exit of TDP from NDA.
Mr Shah had said self attested UCs submitted by the state government were not genuine and would not be accepted prompting Mr Naidu to charge him once again about meddling in administrative issues.
The chief minister said Niti Ayog had accepted the UCs submitted by the state government and they should say whether the certificates were false.
He also demanded that the Centre comes up with a White paper after Mr Shah refuted his earlier allegations that cities in Gujarat were receiving central funds while Andhra Pradesh was being denied funds for building its new capital city.
He accused BJP of using Pawan Kalyan against him and said despite its efforts BJP will not get votes in AP and it will be taught a lesson by the people.