Amid political row, Centre releases Rs 1269 cr for Andhra Pradesh projects

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The TDP is BJP's biggest ally in the South.

Addressing reporters in New Delhi with Andhra Pradesh BJP President K Hari Babu, BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao also hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his support to the demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Lending support to the issue, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that his party supported the "just demands" of Andhra Pradesh for special category status. Several national parties supported TDP in the protest in Parliament.

"The state must harness the talent, entrepreneurial genius and technological prowess of its citizens to 'Make Andhra Great Again!' This is the vision people expect from its leadership". It's time for all parties to unite on this issue and support this call for justice."The MPs from Andhra Pradesh have been agitating in and outside Parliament over the past few days on the issue".

Rao added that the state had received "utmost priority and importance that it deserve in last 3.5 years under PM Narendra Modi".

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Earlier, TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu blasted the central government for "neglecting" Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day shortly after 12 pm, without transacting much business amid protest by members from Andhra Pradesh and the Congress, bringing to end the first half of Budget session in the Lower House.

"The Centre will bear all revenue deficit for the entire period of the 14th Finance Commission and a total of Rs 22,113 crore will be paid to Andhra Pradesh as grant for the five-year period", Hari Babu said.

He said that in a meeting held on Friday, the major issues related to the demands of the political parties have been sorted out.

He also took umbrage at the Prime Minister's statement that the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was done in an "unscientific way" and said he should not have made such a remark as it would mean casting aspersions on Parliament that had passed the law. "Instead of talking about funds that are routinely given to the state, the Centre should disclose what funds it has provided as part of the special financial package", he said.

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