Vijayawada: On Saturday, Rajya Sabha member and senior Congress leader, K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao wrote to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind urging him to call for a status report from the government of India on the implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 and on the promises/assurances made by the then- Prime Minister in the Council of States during the discussion on the Bill on February 20, 2014.
“To the utter dismay of the people of Andhra Pradesh, the Central government, instead of implementing the provisions of the Act and putting into practice the assurances given in Parliament, showed no sign of implementing any of the provisions on the basis of one pretext or other. It also tried to delay the implementation by constituting various committees in the guise of examining the feasibility or to suggest certain provisions for the sake of appearances by allocating nominal funds. The people are puzzled with this attitude of the central government in implementing the provisions of the Act,” Mr Rao said in the letter. He added that the people of Andhra Pradesh, deeply disappointed, were wondering that as to how the Constitution, which empowered the Central government to adopt a big brother role and bifurcate a state according to its whims and fancies against the interest and consent of the majority of citizens of the state under Article 3 of the Constitution, cannot reprimand the Central government and enforce the implementation of provisions of the Act, passed by the Parliament and assented to by the President of India as a protector, preserver and defender of the Indian Constitution.