New Delhi: Virtually ruling out granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday the Centre was providing more assistance than what it would have got under that status.
Assuring the Rajya Sabha that all promises made to the people of the state would be fulfilled, Singh said 90% of promises made under the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, which had led to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2014, have already been fulfilled.
“The remaining promises will also be kept,” he said while replying to a short-duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the non-implementation of provisions of the 2014 Act.
Whatever commitments which have been given, not only by our Prime Minister but even the commitments made by former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, our government will fulfill those commitments. Rajnath Singh
The Home minister’s statement came after former PM Manmohan Singh said he had expected his successor Narendra Modi to fulfil the UPA government’s commitment on special category status to Andhra Pradesh as it was a promise made after consulting the BJP leaders at that time. TDP and other Opposition parties also asked the Centre to honour its assurances.
TDP slams BJP-led govt at Centre
- Telugu Desam Party on Tuesday charged the NDA government at the Centre with blatantly violating the Reorganisation Act and federal structure of the Constitution.
- Party MP YS Chowdary said the Centre also did not honour the promises made by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
- He said during the election campaign in 2014, PM Modi had promised of giving special category status to Andhra Pradesh not once but thrice.
YSR Congress holds bandh in Andhra Pradesh
A bandh called by the main Opposition party YSR Congress against the Centre’s denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh evoked mixed response across the state on Tuesday, as a YSRC worker collapsed and died in West Godavari district. The ruling TDP opposed the bandh this time. There was a virtual clampdown on protesters with police detaining YSRC leaders at several places.
Modi should have met commitment: MMS
- Former PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh was an assurance made by him on behalf of the Parliament and he had expected his successor, Narendra Modi, to fulfil it.
- Singh asserted that in 2014, when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 was being debated, he had made the solemn commitment on the floor of the House as Prime Minister of India.
- He said this commitment of Special Category Status to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh had been discussed with then Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and other senior BJP leaders.
- 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” he said.