New Delhi, February 8: The Telugu Desam Party attacked its own government for allocating the amount to Andhra Pradesh in Union Budget 2018 which they claim is less than what Baahubali collected at the box office. The TDP have been continuously protesting against the Narendra Modi government both inside and outside Parliament. The government has allocated Rs 1,800 crore for the southern state in the Budget. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Elections: SEC Issues Notification For First Phase of Local Body Polls
“Rs 1,800 crore is what the government gave specifically to Andhra Pradesh in Budget and Baahubali’s collection is more than that.We received less than what a movie collected. If they treat their allies like this, then many people will not want to be their allies in future:” TDP MP Jayadev Galla said. (Also read: TDP MPs Demand Special Status to Andhra Pradesh, Protest in Lok Sabha) Also Read - Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Ishant Sharma Shines as Delhi Beat Andhra Pradesh to Register Second Straight Win of Season
The TDP’s protest is being backed by the YSR Congress who is also demanding a special package for the state. Also Read - Top News Headlines From Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: Chaos at KT Rama Rao's Rally; Free Water to 9 Lakh People; more
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, directed by SS Rajamouli, has earned over Rs 2,000 crore worldwide.
On Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said it is a problem between the two governments which is to be resolved in Parliament and not on the streets. He also asked the Centre to spell out a plan of action for the state with clear timelines. (Also read: Will Raise AP’s Case With PM Modi, Rajnath Tells TDP)
He had demanded that a special discussion for two hours be taken up in Parliament to debate all issues related to the bifurcation (of AP) and review the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. “The implementation of promises made in the Rajya Sabha by then prime minister Manmohan Singh, and the special economic package announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (in September 2016) should also be reviewed,” he said.
“The Centre should clearly spell out what it has done for the state in the last four years and what it will do now. It should announce a plan of action with clear timelines,” Naidu said.
Naidu had directed the TDP MPs to continue the din in Parliament “even if you get suspended”. “We have converted the problems of AP into a national agenda. The injustice done to AP has become a point of debate across the country. We now have to go ahead rationally and secure our rights,” the TDP chief said.
Even a delegation of TDP MPs, including Union ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary, had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. The leaders of the two parties had said the meeting was an attempt to address the strain in ties after the TDP expressed unhappiness over the Budget not offering any special benefits to Andhra Pradesh.
With inputs from PTI