Amaravati: Hours after Amit Shah wrote to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP chief claimed that BJP chief's letter was "full of false information which reveals BJP's attitude".
Accusing the Centre of ignoring Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, Naidu said, "Even now Centre is providing special benefits to North Eastern states. Had Andhra Pradesh been given the same hand holding, many industries would have come to the state".
Elaborating on what the letter said, Naidu said Amit Shah wrote that the TDP had quit NDA for political reasons.
Stating that it was done in accordance with people's aspirations, Naidu said, "After bifurcation, people were in an insecure position. We allied with BJP for welfare of state".
"TDP is synonymous with development," he asserted.
Explaining the issues faced by the state, Naidu said although Andhra Pradesh is the highest contributor to CGST, it was still lagging behind all the southern states in per capita income.
Holding the Government equally responsible for the backwardness of the state, Naidu said "the bifurcation bill was passed within 20 minutes behind closed doors".
"Unscientific division of state pushed us 10 years back. Centre is responsible for that. You claim you're sensitive to our problems. But in reality you too were equally responsible for passing bifurcation bill within 20 minutes behind closed doors," he said.
A week after Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party exited the NDA alliance at the Centre over the demands for 'special category status' for Andhra Pradesh, BJP national president Amit Shah on Friday wrote to Andhra Chief Minister and TDP supremo, saying "TDP's decision to quit the NDA family was unfortunate and unilateral".
"This decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision; I am afraid, will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of developmental concerns," the letter read.
Amit Shah further wrote, "Andhra Pradesh figures very prominently in our agenda of National Development and it is widely known that the Union Government led by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has left no stone unturned in ensuring the growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh."
TDP, once the BJP's biggest ally in south, pulled out of the Centre on March 16.
Chandrababu Naidu's TDP is also trying to bring a no-confidence motion against the government in the Parliament.
Shah, in the letter reminded the TDP chief that it was the BJP that set the party's agenda and ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both the states.
"You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and they ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both the state," said the BJP chief....