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Union Budget: YSRCP blames Naidu for raw deal to Andhra by Centre

Statesman News Service | Hyderabad |

Even as TDP MPs are increasingly upping the ante over snapping ties with ally BJP to the extent of declaring “war” against the Centre for overlooking debt-ridden Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, Opposition YSRCP today chose to blame chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu for the raw deal dished out to the state by the Centre.

Apart from calling an emergency meeting of the party MPs on 4 February the chief minister also chaired a state Cabinet meeting and that of party’s coordination committee today.
According to party leaders he expressed unhappiness over the “injustice” meted out as officials looked into the detailed Budget proposals to figure out how much the state got under the various schemes.

However, with the mood quite hostile in the state against BJP for “humiliating” AP once again TDP MPs upped their ante in a bid to pacify their supporters.

TDP MP from North Andhra, K Ram Mohan Naidu said: “I’ve been expecting railway zone for AP and finding no mention is the biggest disappointment and have conveyed this to our leader and said this cannot be tolerated.”

Another party MP TG Venkatesh said TDP would declare war. It could either continue in the same fashion or its MPs can resign and the third option would be to end the alliance. However, in TDP circle there are even talks of withdrawing the two ministers from the Cabinet.

At present, Ashok Gajapathi Raju from TDP is the Union aviation minister while another MP, YS Chowdary holds the portfolio of minister of state for science and technology.

Meanwhile, the Opposition YSRCP today chose to blame the chief minister for the raw deal it got in the Union Budget for four consecutive years. “Chandrababu Naidu has been shying from mounting pressure on the coalition partner at the Centre only to save his skin for the various corruption charges and cash for vote case,” said YSRCP leader Botsa Satyanarayana blaming the chief minister for accepting the special package in lieu of the special category status that had been promised during bifurcation of the state.

Though the chief minister had submitted a 17-page document to Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlining the pending issues under the AP Reorganisation Act there was no mention of AP in the Union Budget, leaving the state fuming.