That time of the year when the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu got into a startup CEO mode. Naidu was in New Delhi on 12th January to meet the Prime Minister and ask for money. Mr CM did not hesitate while doing so, enlightening PM Modi in a calibrated manner about the budget crunch.
The CM urged PM to recollect all the promises made during the bifurcation in an hour long meeting. He did not hesitate to put forth the fact that many promises continue to be unfulfilled under the AP Reorganization Act. He was well prepared with the facts that ran into a 17 page memorandum.
Mr Naidu appealed to the PM to take prompt action and address the long pending demands of Andhra Pradesh. To this effect, the Chief Minister has requested for a sanction of Rs 58,000 Cr that is required for the Polavaram project and release the requisite funds from the centre to develop the new state capital Amaravati. That apart, CM also requested the centre to take immediate steps and increase the number of seats in the state assembly from 175 to 225, as committed in the Reorganization Act.
Lot of promises were made while announcing special package in 2016 by the Union Minister Arun Jaitley. The CM reminded Modi about how the centre agreed to bear the entire expenditure for the project.