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TDP continues protest in Parliament demanding special status for AP

15 March 2018

TDP, which pulled out of the Modi government this week, on Saturday said its alliance with BJP was still on, though it was "severely hurt" by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks on assistance to Andhra Pradesh. Though TDP was confident of luring two MLAs from YSRCP with ministries - that were recently vacated by two BJP MLAs, the trouble for TDP was from BJP whose 4 MLAs may abstain from voting this results in TDP to either talk to BJP's central leadership or to lure 4 more MLAs from YSRCP. But, both the aspirations were shattered with the Centre not fulfilling the promises made to AP and the BJP unilaterally announcing to snap ties with the TDP in Telangana, Naidu said.

The key Finance Bill 2018-19 could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday as protests by opposition parties and the TDP over issues like bank scams and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh continued for the seventh day, disrupting proceedings in the House. The only Congress member protesting in the Well was K.V.P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh. Chowdary called not giving Andhra Pradesh the special status was an "emotional issue".

Noting that issues can not be settled on the basis of numbers alone, he said the Opposition should have its say and the government should have its way.

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Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has often made clear his dislike for "colonial terms" and today he again asked ministers to refrain from using them during proceedings. The report recommends "revenue deficit grants" to these States, which the Centre argues makes up for the loss in revenue that Andhra might incur without the SCS.

The Central government on Wednesday informed the Parliament that Rs 12,476.76 crore had already been sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh as "special assistance", which included an amount of Rs 2,500 crore for constructing the state's capital city of Amaravati.

"He also charged the Centre with "deliberately" postponing things and finding excuses and propagating that he had accepted (what all they said)".

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The point that Modi is unavailable has been echoed by Chandrababu Naidu's counterparts in other States as well.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu also said, "The State Government is also taking several steps to stop the pollution in the blue waters and all the coastal district administrations have been directed to initiate strict action on the ones who are polluting".

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TDP continues protest in Parliament demanding special status for AP