After two days hectic lobbying in New Delhi, meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 11 other senior ministers, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu returned last night in a disappointed note as he failed to get any soaps he has been expecting from the center since assuming office.
Deplored over the mute silence from the Center over the commitments it has made for Andhra Pradesh state following bifurcation, Chandrababu Naidu made serious efforts to build pressure on his political ally BJP and also prime minister Narendra Modi. Insisting on the the need to redeem their commitment to state including funds, Special Category Status , completion of Polavaram etc on a war footing, he tried to present crisis the state is facing.
After seven months, Naidu reminded the finance minister Arun Jaitley that the state did not have funds to pay salaries and Rs.320 crore was due to AP from April onwards, During his meetings he sought help from Centre for the beleaguered and truncated state of Andhra Pradesh.
During his meetings he repeatedly struck home the point all the sacrifices he made for BJP, including giving two ministers out of four BJP MLAs and accomidating Nirmala Sitaraman with a Rajya Sabha seat.
However, TDP circles are worried over the casual attitude of Narendra Modi government, who conveyed hims firm signal that they do not want to appear to be favoring only AP as BJP is keen to grow in Telangana also. Obviously NDA might take a second look on the issues of AP and Telangana only after the Delhi assembly polls.
Whatever happens , the center appears to be very firm that they don't want to look Naidu friendly in the back drop of post 2004 scenario . BJP knows where Naidu's soul is and it is definitely not towards BJP as a soul mate but only as a power mate.
"I've brought the issue of Special Category Status for AP and financial package for the state to Prime Minister. Also sought him additional Rs 1500 Crore for the Employment Fund",. he Naidu told Media
Interestingly while Chandrababu Naidu is insisting on center implementing the assurances as per AP reorganization Act , while union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also hails from AP is keen to amend the act first and later give sops to both AP and Telangana .