BJP’s wish­list to PM mim­ics TD’s

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - SREEPARNA CHAKRABARTY | DC NEW DELHI, JUNE 14

It is not the Tel­ugu De­sam and the YSR Congress who seem to be get­ting the po­lit­i­cal jit­ters in Andhra Pradesh. The BJP, too, is get­ting anx­ious ahead of the poll sea­son, go­ing by the list of de­mands put for­ward by AP BJP chief Kanna Lak­shmi Narayana to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at a meet­ing in the cap­i­tal on June 11.

The newly-ap­pointed AP BJP pres­i­dent, a for­mer Con­gress­man, met Mr Modi and sub­mit­ted a list of 12 de­mands for the state, which in­cluded ap­proval of projects like Vizag Rail­way Zone, Kadapa Steel Fac­tory, Gir­i­jan Uni­ver­sity, Metro for Visakha­p­at­nam and Vi­jay­wada and spe­cial in­dus­trial cor­ri­dor for four Ray­alseema dis­tricts.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, all these 12 de­mands were in­cluded in the 19 de­mands put for­ward by Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu be­fore he quit the NDA ear­lier this year.

A pe­rusal of the let­ters sub­mit­ted by both shows that the only ma­jor de­mands, which were not cov­ered by the BJP state pres­i­dent, were the ones per­tain­ing to a de­mand for spe­cial sta­tus and the Polavaram pro­ject.

It might be re­called BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah had writ­ten a nine-page re­ply to the TD supremo’s dec-ision to exit the NDA with the theme that ma­jor­ity of the de­mands of the Andhra Pradesh state gov­ern­ment had been ful­filled.

The let­ter writ­ten by Mr Shah had said: “This de­ci­sion (to quit NDA) is both un­for­tu­nate as well as uni­lat­eral. It is a de­ci­sion; I am afraid, will be con­strued as be­ing guided wholly and solely by po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions in­stead of de­vel­op­men­tal con­cerns.”

Mr Shah’s let­ter goes on to say: “Al­ready most of the prom­ises made in the AP Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion Act are poised to­wards ful­fil­ment.”

AP BJP chief Lak­shmi Narayana was ap­pointed just a day af­ter Kar­nataka went to polls. It was be­ing spec­u­lated ear­lier that he would join the YSRC.

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