TDP failed to get funds from Centre: YSRCP

Hyderabad, Describing the neglect of Andhra Pradesh state in the union budget as a failure of the TDP government as it did not mount pressure on the Centre to get more funds, YSR Congress has said there seems to be a conspiracy to water down Polavaram project.

“Being a coalition partner Chandrababu Naidu has not convened any meeting with his Party members to set the agenda for the priorities of the State, instead it seems that he is hand-in-glove in watering down the Polavaram project by promoting Pattiseema project,” party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu told reporters here on Sunday.

There is no mention of special railway zone at Waltair and when it comes to general budget no funds were released to match the expenditure of capital formation, completion of Polavaram project by 2018 and according special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Instead of raising his voice of dissent after the budget was announced, Chandrababu Nadu should have convened a meeting of his Party ministers and MPs to prepare a wish list before hand, but that was the case.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu stating that there is no mention of according national project status to Polavaram in State Reorganisation Act and the allocation of a paltry Rs 100 crores shows that both the Centre and State governments are working in tandem to scuttle Polavaram and promote Pattiseema for which state has allocated Rs 1,300 crores and the stage is set for calling tenders, he said.

The neglect of Andhra Pradesh in the budget in nothing but failure of Chandrababu Naidu government in pursuing with core issues with the Centre. His tall claims of going to Delhi eight times has fell flat as the special status issue did not materialize. He is more interested in self promotion and the welfare of his coterie and has never considered people’s welfare, Rambabu said.

The failure in pushing the Polavaram project, special status and release of adequate funds has shown the true colours of Chandrababu Naidu and Venkaiah Naidu who were very vociferous during the State division and are now silent and dumb, he said adding that the inefficiency and insincerity of the two leaders stand exposed.
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