AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday questioned the rationale behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the state on January 6 and asked if he was visiting to see if the people of AP were alive or dead? Naidu also slammed Modi for visiting the state without fulfilling the promises made before the last elections.

The AP CM said that he would plan a protest to make the Centre feel the heat of the people’s anger and frustration against the NDA government.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, Naidu said the Centre had worked with vengeance to suppress development in the state. “We will make BJP and their proxy supporters, culprits in the people’s court. BJP had blocked fund release to scuttle development in the newly-carved state,” he said.

He said Narendra Modi should clarify whether AP was part of India or not. He said BJP is on witch-hunt against industrialists among TDP leaders. He said Modi denied justice to AP for the fear of the state surpassing Gujarat.

He said the state has constantly exerted pressure on the Centre to fulfil the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act and the Special Category Status (SCS). He said the Centre had sprinkled Rs 1,500 crore for the capital city while releasing thousands of crores to the other projects like Sardar Patel statue, Dolera city and Kumbh Mela.

He said the Centre decided to spend Rs 27,000 crore for a convention centre in Dwaraka while denying funds to a crucial infrastructure project like the capital city. “The capital city is an income generating project. Still, they have not moved,” criticized Naidu.

The AP CM said the Centre had not even made any attempt to settle the disputes over sharing of properties between AP and Telangana in the last four-andhalf years. He said not even a single issue related to 142 institutions listed in Section-10 of the bifurcation Act was resolved by the Centre. He said the Centre had not granted funds to eight key infrastructure projects listed in Section-93 of the Act.

Naidu also said that the state had decided to release white papers on all the issues as to how they have struggled to take the state ahead despite the Centre’s betrayal to create awareness among the public.



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