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BJP chief Amit Shah pens open letter to Naidu and calls TDP's decision to quit NDA over Andra Pradesh's special status 'unfortunate'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 March 2018, 12:09 IST

The BJP chief Amit Shah in a letter to Andra Pradesh CM and Telugu Desam Party leader on said that the party's decision to quit the NDA is 'both unfortunate as well as unilateral.'

“(TDP) decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision; I am afraid, will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of development concerns,” Shah wrote in the eight-page letter. The Bjp also added that the party believe in development for all' and PM Narendra Modi has left no stone unturned in making the state's growth.

He further added that Naidu's assertion that the BJP is 'insensitive' to the aspirations of the Andra Pradesh is 'untrue and baseless'.

“Your assertions that the BJP is not sensitive to the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh and has not implemented the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, and assurances given by the then Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha is untrue and baseless,” Shah said.

"It is widely known that the Union Government led by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has left no stone unturned in ensuring the growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh," the letter added.

Amit Shah letter came after the two TDP leader left the Union Cabinet and the party pulled out from the BJP-led NDA alliance at the centre. The TDP has been raising the issue in both Houses of Parliament causing disruptions and leading to frequent adjournments. TDP chief and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu had also criticised this year’s BJP's Budget last calling it a “big disappointment as there was no mention of our state.”

“Andhra Pradesh is the only state to receive the award of revenue deficit grants for all the five years besides the north-eastern and hilly states. Does that not show that the Central Government has been sensitive to the needs of Andhra Pradesh?” he wrote.

“The commitment of BJP for the cause of development and justice to Andhra Prades, in particular, is simply unquestionable. But unfortunately, the mandate earned together by both the parties is allowed to be squandered for political reasons,” Shah said.

Listing facts on how the Centre has fulfilled its statutory obligations under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, Shah added, “A perusal of these would reaffirm what you already know and perhaps won’t admit — that the Central Government has fulfilled its obligations and that the BJP is a genuine friend and true well-wisher of the people of Andhra Pradesh.”

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First published: 24 March 2018, 12:09 IST
 
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