New Delhi, July 24: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh was a commitment the UPA government had made after consulting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and he had expected his successor, Narendra Modi, to fulfill it.
Speaking at a discussion on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act in the Rajya Sabha, the former PM asserted that he had made the “solemn commitment” on the floor of the House as PM on February 20, 2014, when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 was being debated.
After discussing it with Arun Jaitley and other leaders, the assurance on special category status was given. “For purposes of Central assistance, Special Category Status will be extended to the successor state, this had been decided in view of the fact that the revenue collection in Hyderabad will accrue entirely to the state of newly created Telangana,” he said.
“Government is a continuing entity. Commitments made on the floor of the house have to be honoured and fulfilled. They are in nature of assurance on behalf of the Parliament. I had expected that my distinguished successor to fulfil the commitments I had made after consultations with his own colleagues,” he said.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had during no-confidence motion debate accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of breaking the promises of granting “special category” status to Andhra Pradesh he had made four years ago. “The saga of Andhra Pradesh during this Modi-Shah regime is a saga of empty promises,” he said.
“Mr Modi while campaigning in Andhra Pradesh had said ‘Congress killed the mother and saved the child. Had I have been there, I would have saved the mother too’. People of AP have waited for 4 long yrs for him to save their mother,” TDP MP Jayadev Galla said. He further accused the two national parties of crippling the state and favouring the neighbouring states.