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    Published On : Thu, Feb 1st, 2018

    BJP’s ally Telugu Desam not happy with budget


    New Delhi: Union minister and Telugu Desam Party leader Y S Chowdhary today expressed disappointment over the resources allocated in the Union Budget 2018-19 for Andhra Pradesh, adding the party would continue to fight for the southern state’s due.

    Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the Minister of State for Science and Technology noted that the people of Andhra were dissatisfied with the budget.

    “People and the party are disappointed with the Union Budget presented today. Many state issues like Railway Zone, Polavaram project funding, funding for capital Amaravati and other pending issues of Andhra Pradesh were not addressed in the budget,” he said.

    On the pending infrastructure projects, the minister said there was no progress since four years.

    “The Polavaram project was linked to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), but there was no smooth flow of funds. The budget should have included it.

    “Metro for Andhra Pradesh in Vizag and Vijayawada was promised, but there is no mention about it in the budget, except for things like renovation of platforms and construction of foot-over-bridges,” he said.

    We are in alliance and will fight for our share, Chowdhary said, adding that the party leaders will put ‘pressure on the Centre until 2019 elections’.

    TDP MP from Srikakulam, Ram Mohan Naidu said, “Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has paid many visits to Delhi, not once did Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mention his name during the budget speech.”

    Naidu will hold a meeting in Amaravati on Sunday to discuss the course of action.

    The TDP which is part of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre has been demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation in 2014.

    But the demand was rejected outright by the Centre.

    The TDP had also sided with the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies do not have a majority, to refer the controversial triple talaq bill to a select committee.

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