Centre will Release Rs 10,000 Crore to Andhra : Sujana

HYDERABAD: Probably, worried over the way the TDP and the BJP in Andhra Pradesh are locking horns with each other over the issue of Centre’s help to the reorganised state, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary alias Sujana Chowdary on Sunday released a list of things the Centre is going to do for the State in the coming days.

In what could be seen as an effort to cool down tempers, Chowdary claimed that at least an amount of Rs 10,000 crore would be released from the Centre to AP to fill the revenue deficit, provide financial assistance for the construction of a capital city and also for the construction of the Polavaram Irrigation Project by March 31.

Claiming that all is well between the TDP and the BJP, the TDP leader said the ongoing “friendly fight” between the two parties over implementation of assurances given to AP is just a figment of media imagination. 

“Whatever is due to AP from the Centre as per the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, is being pursued under the dynamic leadership of our Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. We are getting results. The Centre is ready to fulfil all promises made to AP one after another,” Chowdary claimed in an interaction with select journalists at Lake View Guesthouse here on Sunday.

Though AP BJP ministers openly said that they would be leading a delegation of their party leaders to Delhi from Monday to persuade their Delhi bosses to fulfil all promises made to AP at the time of bifurcation of undivided AP, Sujana Chowdary differed with their view and said, “I don’t feel that the Centre is adopting delaying tactics in coming to the rescue of cash-starved AP. The Centre is implementing all assurances one after another.”

When asked about the recent statement of his party boss and Chief Minister Naidu that the Centre had clipped the wings of AP and was asking it to fly, Chowdary said, “That was his reaction to Union Budget. But, this is my response now. We will not allow the Centre to clip AP’s wings. We are not incompetent.”

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