If BJP has been harbouring plans to strengthen its position in Andhra Pradesh, it has to take a pause in its ambition. The central ruling party’s detrimental attitude in taking an initiative to propel the special status bill over the last few years has struck a wrong note with the people of Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Chandra Baby Naidu too is taking no chances this time and is blaming BJP for ignoring the special status. The recent uproar in the upper house to discuss the bill that was promptly quelled by BJP and further the way in which Arun Jatley termed the bill as Money Bill and refused to take it up led to discontentment not just in the elected leaders, but also the people of Andhra Pradesh who felt cheated.
Once the commitment was made by Narendra Modi on the floor of the parliament, why is he going back on his words opine many. Even Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed exasperation over how the whole issue is gaining no support from BJP. “Why did they support bifurcation when they are not ready to support the new state,” questions Naidu.
“I am not seeking any favours from the Centre. I want the Centre to give us what is due to us. Everyone agrees that we have been humiliated. We have been meted out gross injustice. There is no way humiliation can be undone. But at least undo injustice,” says Naidu. “We got Rs.1.69 lakh crore under the distribution formula by the Finance Commission. But it was not special funding. Other states too got more or less similar resources,” he adds during a press conference.
However the relation between TDP and BJP will continue unabated despite the letdown.