Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday demanded State's Special Category Status (SCS) and also drew attention to the other issues, questioning the Central Government over non delivery of several assurances given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Today my priority is my state".
"When we raise our voice for our demands, you want to control, harass us you dont want to release money".
He also met veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Hema Malini and Jayant Sinha, and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. The motion is supported by 80-odd MPs, Opposition has claimed, but has not been taken up by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, citing repeated disruptions and sloganeering. We have been hurt to hear what TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said that they could have got 15 seats more, if they had fought elections without BJP alliance. "We need their support to pressure the Centre so that states are not ignored". The TDP leader said that all three of them will be extended an invitation again for the next all-party meeting which will be held after Naidu returns to Andhra Pradesh. The TDP MPs have been requesting all the party leaders to come and meet Naidu at least for a photo opportunity.
Naidu also accused the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) of reversing Rs 350 crore fund as special assistance to Andhra Pradesh, without any intimation. "In fact, Naidu has become a loner and nobody is interested in meeting him", he said. "We said we are all with him.We should all combine the issues and take on the government on the floor of the house rather than going to the well. Only what you promised", Naidu added.
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The Telugu Desam Party quit the NDA and the government at the Centre last month after accusing the Modi government of "betraying" his state by failing to execute the promises made at the time of its bifurcation.
"Naidu thanked the TMC for its strong support to the no-confidence motion notice brought in by the TDP", TMC MP Derek O'Brien said.
Naidu met leaders from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, AIADMK, DMK and Shiv Sena on Tuesday. He also met Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Tariq Anwar (NCP).
The Telugu Desam leader said he had made a decision to quit the NDA after four long years, and asked his party to go for a no-confidence motion against the BJP government because he was anxious about his state, which was like a baby, and needed support.