Vijayawada: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has suggested to the opposition YSR Congress that it carry out its protests in New Delhi instead of creating law and order problems in the AP capital Amaravati. Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Mr Naidu strongly objected to Opposition parties calling for the ‘Chalo Assembly’ rally and said that it was not right to target him on the special status issue. He said that special category status was promised for the state, but instead the Centre had come forward with the special package.
He said after the “unscientific bifurcation”, he had to accept every benefit that was offered to the state to help it recover from the bifurcation losses, including the revenue deficit. He too wanted the special category status, but could not refuse the special package offered by the Centre, as the development of the state with assistance in any form from the Centre, was important to him.
Mr Naidu said he had been working hard to mobilise funds and develop the state and has even visited the homes of ministers to seek funds. Even in the case of the Polavaram project, he had to take the additional risk of briefing Union minister Nitin Gadkari who took over from Ms Uma Bharati. Opposition parties should have complimented him on his work and supported him in getting more funds from the Central government. Instead, the Opposition parties were trying to create law and order problems in the state, which is already suffering from the after effects of bifurcation, he observed.
Mr Naidu thanked the Centre for its financial support in different forms. He said either special category status or the special package was helpful for the state. Opposition parties could fight with the Central government, he said.