Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday to remind him to fulfill the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act. (“CM Meets PM”)
CM has officially met Modi after a very long time and all the eyes were on them about the outcome of the meeting. The meeting assumes significance as it comes amid indications of strain in the relations between the TDP and its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Chief Minister urged him to complete the commitments made by the centre during bifurcation. The meeting of the two officials has taken place for a long one hour and Mr.Naidu has discussed with Modi about the unfulfilled promises under the Act and submitted a 17-page memorandum regarding it.
CM has appealed to Modi to take immediate steps on long pending demands keeping in view the next year’s simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assembly.
Allocation of sufficient funds for the development of the new state capital Amravati is one among the requests made. He also wanted Modi to take urgent steps to increase the number of seats in the state Assembly from 175 to 225 as committed in the Re-organisation Act.
Naidu wanted the Centre to immediately sanction Rs 58,000 crore required for the Polavaram project. AP state is yet to receive Rs 3000 crore from centre towards expenditure incurred on Polavaram Project so far. Cm has asked to release the money, and also said the Centre should totally fund the cost of the project, which has been declared a national project.
The TDP has already dropped hints that its patience with the Centre was growing thin. The party MPs had also met Modi on the last day of the winter session to submit him a memorandum. Naidu told Modi that Andhra Pradesh suffered huge losses due to bifurcation of the state as it had to face financial problems. He said further delay in fulfilling the commitments given in the Act will add to the problems.