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Published On: Sat, Feb 17th, 2018

Chandrababu Naidu Issues Fresh Warning To Centre

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1517764596-135BANGALURU : Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nora Chandrababu Naidu, who has been maintaining silence for the last two weeks over the raw deal meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Union budget, came out for the first time against the Centre openly. He issued a fresh warning to the centre, saying that the people of his state are “wounded”, and that if justice was not done to them, “it will be painful”.
Probably,  Naidu is one of the very few senior leaders in the country who has mastered national politics. Having understood, absorbed the national-level politics with his vast experience, Naidu is now swiftly making his political moves. Often regarded as Chanikya, Naidu is back to sharpen his political moves that may trouble BJP in coming days.
Surprisingly, Naidu chose a college function at Narasaraopet, rather than a press conference, to give vent to his anger at the Narendra Modi government. He said he was running out of patience with the Centre and was ready for any sacrifice – indicating he is ready to pull out of the NDA government at the Centre.

“I never compromise in my life on the interests of my state. We will not hesitate for any sacrifice for state interests”, Naidu said. He said he would not keep quiet if the justice was not done to the state even now.
The 66-year-old CM Naidu said he “came to Delhi 29 times, met PM and ministers”, but says the centre’s promises for financial support for the state, from which the Telangana region was carved into a separate state in 2014, have not been met.
Mr Naidu’s party, the Telugu Desam Party ( TDP) is in alliance with the BJP-led NDA government at centre . However, despite being the BJP’s largest ally in South India, the BJP government has not accepted the TDP’s demand for Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh that would earn it huge amounts of central assistance.

When asked if he had set a deadline for central support, he said “deadline (for centre to act) is of one year, till (general) elections”. Mr Naidu ducked a direct question on whether he will withdraw from the BJP-led NDA, pointing instead to his party colleague, Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in the audience. “He is still in the cabinet,” Mr Naidu said, to laughter.

At the same time, he hinted that he did not want to risk the fate of the Congress, which was voted out of power in the new state because of popular anger against the bifurcation. “(For) 10 years Congress was ruling. They have lost totally, even deposits. What the (people of Andhra Pradesh) have done, they have punished the party that has done injustice for them, in a democratic way.

So what I am asking today, Government of India, (is) if you won’t do justice, the already wounded soldiers (of Andhra Pradesh), if you touch them, it will be very painful. When there is a wound, if you touch them also, it will be more pain.”
The TDP had led protests in parliament earlier this month, claiming that the Union Budget had been grossly unfair to the new state. The state unit of the BJP too has been very critical of the Naidu government over the past few months and has even hinted at working with its rival YSR Congress, whose leader Jagan Mohan Reddy recently talked about supporting the BJP if Andhra Pradesh was given special status.(With Agency Inputs ).

 

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