BJP 'propaganda' ire at TDP

Activists burn tyres during AP bandh call given by Left parties and supported by the Congress and YSR Congress in Anantapur on Thursday

The multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project, which is expected to benefit upland areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts, is 53 per cent complete. All the parties joined hands and made public protests against BJP and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But as per the state government, the problem is far from over. The clear deficit in the two claims is of about Rs 3,000 crore which has led to acrimony between the two allies.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that his BJP has always been for justice to Andhra Pradesh ever since its bifurcation and the central government is gradually fulfilling commitments made to Andra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation while new demands are being looked into. The Centre has released '1,269 crore under different heads in the last few days, including '417.44 crore for the Polavaram project.

Listing out Central sanctions to AP, the Vizag MP said the Centre would bear all the revenue deficit for the period of the 14th Finance Commission and '22,113 crore would be paid to AP as a grant in five years.

A grant of Rs 196.92 crore was released for the Anganwadi services scheme and the supplementary nutrition programme and another Rs 31.76 crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, the report said. The state did not even get better allocation in the Budget.

The BJP on Saturday tried to launch a counter-offensive against ally Telugu Desam Party, releasing a 27-page document to dismiss the allegation that the Centre had not done much for the development of Andhra Pradesh.

"The Congress Party supports the just demands of the people of Andhra Pradesh for special category status and speedy completion of the Polavaram project". Amid the protest for implementation of AP reorganization promises in Parliament well, BJP senior leader LK Advani shared his opinion with TDP MPs- "it's very unfortunate to see an unhealthy relationship between the two political partners".



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