Remarks Came After Jaitley Termed Spl Status `Technically Difficult’
Forced to speak out on the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh due to pressure from the opposition, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the NDA government at the Centre on Saturday to spell out what alternative sops would it give if it has decided not to grant special status to the state.
Apparently reacting to the statement earlier in the day by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi that granting special status to Andhra Pradesh would be `technically difficult’, Naidu convened a press conference here on Saturday evening to seek clarification from the Centre.
“If the Centre feels that special status cannot be granted for the state, it should spell out what other measures would it offer so that Andhra Pradesh gets a level-playing field. Will there be a package, special incentives or something else? The Centre needs to spell out what they will do if it (special status) is not possible,“ Naidu said.
Expressing satisfaction over the cooperation extended by the Centre over the last one year, Naidu, however, said that much more needs to be done for the state as it has lost everything post-bifurcation, including a fully developed capital city. Naidu referred to assurances given by Jaitley on providing financial assistance to the state and said, “We are waiting for them to become reality“.