New Delhi, July 24: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government of deceit over the special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the Rajya Sabha, Azad said, “You (BJP) are deceiving the nation and you have deceived the Parliament decision. This government is deceiving the people of Andhra Pradesh. I take a strong plea on behalf of the opposition that the promises made by the previous government and the promises made by the present government should be fulfilled forthwith”.
“When UPA was in power, the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh had promised to give special status to Andhra Pradesh for a period of five years. However, leaders of the then opposition party, BJP, had opposed the same and asked them to give special status to the state for ten years and said that it will implement it if it comes to power” the Congress leader asserted adding we just want them to fulfil the promise they had made.
“Now when BJP is in power, they have not fulfilled the promise. I don’t blame the people of Andhra Pradesh. The present government (at the Centre) has to be blamed for the same,” Azad stated.
Azad also hit out at the Narendra Modi government over the special package issue to Andhra Pradesh.
“In lieu of the special status, this present government has said on a number of occasions that we have a special package for the state of Andhra Pradesh in place of special status. What is the status of that special package? The Centre had promised to give Rs 16,447 crore. However, only Rs 400 crore has been dispersed. BJP is about to complete its five-year term. Nothing has been implemented and this government (Centre) is going before the Supreme Court and saying that we have fulfilled all promises,” the Congress leader said in his address.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Centre have been witnessing tussle for past few months over the special status issue.