Cong supports demand for spl status for Andhra: Rahul

Activists burn tyres during AP bandh call given by Left parties and supported by the Congress and YSR Congress in Anantapur on Thursday

Rahul Gandhi says Congress supports Andhra demand for special status, asks all parties to unite

The BJP on Saturday described as "propaganda" the charges made by the state's MPs from the TDP, YSRCP and Congress in Parliament of ignoring their demand for special category status and urged these leaders to focus on development rather than politicising the issue. We will continue pressuring the Centre for it.

Addressing a press conference with fellow MP K Rammohan Naidu and State TDP president K Kala Venkata Rao, after a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here this afternoon, Jayadev said the Centre gave "nothing special" to AP despite the promises. "With meagre allocations is it possible to complete the project by 2019".

"Our main concern is about the implementation of the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act".

The BJP note claimed that the Centre had paid Rs 22,113 crore for five years as per the finance commission report, total funding for the irrigation component of the Polavaram project, an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore for road infrastructure, Rs 25,000 crore for Amaravati Expressway, Rs 10,000 crore for urban housing, and funds for educational institutes.

The Centre, through the Polavaram Project Authority, had so far released Rs 4,329 crore for the project while the state government said it spent over Rs 7,200 crore after it was declared a national project. "However, in January, the state government suggested an alternative method and discussion on the alternative method have reached a very advanced stage and a solution is likely to be finalised very soon", he said.

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"They may call it a cinema script or something else but let them prove if anything listed in it is wrong".

Rao added that the state had received "utmost priority and importance that it deserve in last 3.5 years under PM Narendra Modi".

Both the Andhra Pradesh government and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Sunday strongly disputed the figures mentioned by the saffron party regarding the Centre's financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation. "We are committed to it".

Asked about the charges levelled by the agitating TDP and YSR Congress MPs, Rao termed them "propaganda".

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