The Telugu Desam Party, the second largest party after the BJP in the NDA, has made a decision to pull out of the Narendra Modi government as its members are upset over the raw deal given to bifurcated Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19.
The two ministers in the Modi government are Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary. Naidu said the two ministers will send in their resignations tomorrow morning as the centre had not kept its promises. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state's health minister Kamineni Srinivas inaugurated the feeder ambulances in Amaravati for Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) areas as many habitations do not have good road connectivity.
The TDP gave an indication of its disapproval by voting against the government's Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The TDP has continued its protest to demand a special status for AP inside and outside the parliament. Accordingly, among the benefits claimed by these states are funding of centrally sponsored schemes and Externally Aided Projects (EAP) under 90:10 (Centre: State) fund sharing basis, fiscal incentives, infrastructure support and other such concessions. The centre is not fulfilling the promises it made.
Jaitley added that after the 14th Finance Commission report, the term "special category status" doesn't exist any longer.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met with protesting MPs of the Telugu Desam Party that had been demanding a Special Status for Andhra Pradesh, as was promised during the time of its bifurcation in 2014.
Mr Jaitley said that the Centre is committed to giving AP financial assistance equivalent to what a special category state gets. He said that Andhra Pradesh has huge revenue deficit after Telangana was carved out of the southern state.
Arun Jaitley clarified government's stand on granting special category status and said it is provided to states which do not have adequate resources.
"What is the implication of special status?".
On revenue deficit, he said Rs 4,000 crore has already been paid for 2014-15 and only Rs 138 crore remains. "What will happen after that, we will see to that later", said Naidu.
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