Sonia seeks Narendra Modi to ensure `Special Status' to AP
Narendra Ch | 20 Feb 2015
Indicating that she will not sapre any opportunity to put the Narendra Modi government ins irksome position, Congress President Sonia Gandhi raised her voice in support of granting `Special Status' to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Taking clue from the disappointment created among people of this state by Modi government keeping kool on this key electoral promise, she dashed a letter to Prime Minister Modi and sought the attention of the Government on the implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act.
She expressed desire that commitments made to the people of Andhra Pradesh's successor state are fulfilled in letter and spirit. In her letter, Sonia Gandhi wrote that various investments and other commitments made by the Government of India have not been fulfilled even after eight months of division of Andhra Pradesh.
She recalled that exactly a year ago, on February 20, 2014, the then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha announced Special category status to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh which is not yet been secured.
Sonia Gandhi in her letter requested the Prime Minister to ensure that Special category status be given to the state immediately. Also, she reiterated the resolve to fulfill all these commitments in a time bound manner.
Further, Sonia Gandhi urged that in the Budget proposals of the Government of India, adequate resources are to be provided. As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, Sonia Gandhi insisted to provide financial assistance to the state to overcome severe shortage of revenue along with support construction of capital.
She also mentioned that to enable implementation of the development package committed in the Act, adequate budget provisions need to be made to various Ministries of Government of India. In addition to that, to fulfill commitments relating to the Indian Railways, Sonia Gandhi wanted requisite allocations to be shown to the Railway Budget.