Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday (Feb 28) asked PM Modi if he was not ashamed to visit the state with ‘empty hands’ and added that he owes an explanation to ‘five crore people’ over the unfulfilled promises, vis-a-vis AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
In a letter to Prime Minister on the eve of his scheduled visit to port city of Visakhapatnam on Friday, the Chief Minister said the Reorganisation Act came into being 59 months ago while Modi assumed the office 57 months ago.
Almost five years have passed but no promise made to Andhra Pradesh has been fulfilled, he said.
“I personally visited New Delhi 29 times and made numerous pleas to you, but no avail”, Chief Minister said.
“On the eve of your visit to Visakhapatnam, I would like to remind you how angry people of Andhra Pradesh are. As a representative of five crore people, I am questioning you on your betrayal and reminding you of our responsibility as public representatives to understand the sentiments of people,” CM said.
In the letter, a copy of which was released to the media, the Chief Minister raised issues like Special Category Status, funds for the Polavaram project, Amaravati city, bridging of revenue deficit, metro rail for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada cities and increasing number of seats in the Legislative Assembly
“Are you not ashamed to visit Andhra Pradesh with empty hands, by not implementing the promises made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also those enlisted in the Reorganisation Act? As a person holding a high office, you owe an explanation on all these issues.
I am demanding that you answer the five crore people of the state on these,” the Chief Minister said.
Referring to the Railways’ announcement of establishment of a new South Coast Railway zone at Visakhapatnam, he said the Centre once again ‘cheated’ the state by giving away the Rs 6,500 crore revenue earning KK Line to Raigada Division, leaving only the ‘paltry income earning region’ to the state.
Meanwhile, addressing a meeting of senior TDP leaders, the chief minister directed them to stage protests state-wide on Friday against the Prime Minister’s visit.
“I will wear a black shirt. Everyone should wear a black shirt and protest with black flags,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)