The coalition of the TDP government in the state and BJP in the centre has seen some strained relations recently. (“All eyes of Andhra Pradesh on the coming budget allocation”)
The Budget Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is going to present on Thursday is a crucial one for Andhra Pradesh in many ways and a decision will be taken seeing what the budget has in store for Andhra Pradesh.
If the centre cannot take special care and allocate sufficient funds for fulfilling the promises made during the state bifurcation, Mr. Naidu cannot convince his electorate why he should not be made accountable for BJP’s insensitivity even after the saffron party ditched the state on many issues.
There are even rumours that the TDP Supremo may wait till the results of Karnataka Elections. If TDP quits NDA, it will be the second party to leave after Shiv Sena.
The State is expecting substantial budgetary allocations for many key projects such as the Polavaram project, the construction of the new capital, Amaravati, and also the anticipated announcement of a new railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has made his stand clear on the issue, mincing no words. He has said, “I am upholding the coalition dharma and I expect the BJP leaders to do the same. I am restraining my party leaders. I expect the BJP to do the same. If they have other ideas, let them come out into the open.”
It is in the backdrop that Arun Jaitley is presenting the Budget on Thursday. State Finance Minister and senior TDP leader Y Ramakrishnudu has said that Andhra Pradesh should be treated as a special case, “as it has suffered greatly due to unscientific bifurcation in 2014 and therefore there should be sufficient budgetary allocations to fulfil all the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. Further, the per capital income of the State is less than the national average, even though it is registering double digit growth. These factors should be taken in account while making allocations.’’