Centre Gives Shock To Andhra Pradesh Over Special Package
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Despite the protests from the TDP MPs in and outside the Parliament, the Ministry of Finance announced that it is almost impossible to give Special Status to Andhra Pradesh. It cited that, if AP is given Special Status in the name of ‘Telugu people’s sentiment’, then Tamilians and Malayalis will come tomorrow, demanding a similar thing from the Centre, in the name of ‘sentiment’.
At the same time, the Ministry of Finance also said, demanding the incentives given to the Eastern States for AP, is not possible and is absolutely senseless.‘The AP MPs are unnecessarily raising the political heat in the name of self-respect. As far as we are concerned, giving Special Status to Andhra Pradesh is not possible. The best we can do is fulfilling the commitments made in the Special Package. This is by far the best and most viable option.
Moreover, the Andhra Pradesh government did not submit records for the funds released by the Centre. It is not possible to grant any sort of Tax Incentives for Andhra Pradesh,’ said the Ministry of Finance.With the latest reply from the Centre, it will be interesting to see what measures AP CM Chandrababu Naidu would take to counter BJP-led Centre.
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