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Telugu CMs isolated and mum on Union Budget

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The Modi government at the Centre did not show any partiality between Andhra and Telangana. Both states got no major allocations. This is the first time that Andhra is treated equally on a par with Telangana ever since the 2014 separate statehood. Everybody expected angry and furious reactions from KCR and Jaganmohan Reddy. But for obvious reasons, they fell silent. Both CMs are apparently shocked at the lack of any additional support to their prestigious irrigation projects like Kaleswaram in Telangana and Polavaram in AP.

Political observers say that the Federal Front partners have no other option except to remain silent. They have seen what would happen if they embarrass PM Modi any further. KCR once used his secret friendship with BJP to finish off the Congress but now the Modi-Shah duo turned the heat on his own TRS party. Jagan has his own personal reasons not to question Modi openly. Both CMs got huge victories but they are now totally isolated and are under threat from BJP’s changed political manoeuvres. This is amply clear from the BJP’s new focus on budget allocations.

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Modi’s new budget slogan Navabharat Nirman

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The BJP government presented its first Union Budget in its second innings in power at the Centre. PM Modi has described it as a strong step to achieve the Navabharat Nirman. This has been the slogan being promoted by Modi immediately after winning the 2019 election. He is already talking in terms of preparing himself and his party for the next election. It confirms the speculation that Modi has begun laying foundations for the BJP victory in the 2022 Jamili One Nation One Election.

The Prime Minister strongly defended the Budget saying that it is pro-poor and will facilitate quality living standards among different sections of people. It has special provisions to strengthen the education sector. Modi said that special programmes are brought in to support the farmers. Analysts say that the hike in gold rates in the present budget is an indication of the BJP’s early preparation for 2022 polls.

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No Central budget for Polavaram, Amaravati and Special Status

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The Union Budget has dealt a severe blow to Andhra. There are no special allocations for the Polavaram lifeline irrigation project. Even the Amaravati capital city project is totally ignored. There’s no talk of the promised Special Status or benefits to be given to compensate for AP losses after the 2014 bifurcation. The YCP, which was friendly to BJP, now took strong objection to lack of allocations for AP projects.

YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy along with his party colleagues registered protest outside the Parliament. He said that the Centre gave an empty hand to AP. There are no benefits that were given as part of special package in the past.

The lack of support from the Centre will have a very bad impact on the Andhra economy in the coming days. Analysts say that the Jagan Reddy government would have to enhance and create its own revenue sources from within the state to implement its ambitious welfare programmes.

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TDP unhappy over ‘raw deal’ to Andhra in Union Budget

Andhra Pradesh’s ruling TDP on Thursday expressed its unhappiness with BJP-led NDA government for the “raw deal” meted out to the state in the Union Budget 2018-19.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, at a meeting with party leaders, voiced his disappointment over lack of any allocations for the state to fulfill the commitments made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, which is a constituent of the , met his cabinet colleagues and party leaders to discuss the “injustice” meted out to the state.

TDP is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre while the Bharatiya Janata Party is the junior ally in TDP-led government in the state.

Cabinet minister S. Chandramohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that they will convey their dissatisfaction to the Centre and the party leaders authorized Naidu to take an appropriate decision.

He said the TDP had been waiting for four years for the BJP to help the state come out of the difficult situation created by its division.

Party leader and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y. Sujana Chowdhary said that the budget has let down the people of Andhra Pradesh.

Chowdhary told reporters in New Delhi that the budget should have made allocations for Polavaram project, development of new state capital Amaravati, the Visakhapatnam Metro Project and the Visakhapatnam Railway Zone.

He said there were no allocations for major railway projects in the state.

Stating that there will be no compromise on the state’s interests, he said the future course of action would be decided by Chandrababu Naidu.

Party MP Rammohan Naidu said they were even ready to resign for the sake of the state.

The TDP chief had last month called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request him to take steps to fulfill the commitments made to the state at the time of state’s division.

He had demanded that the Centre do the handholding to help the state overcome revenue deficit and ensure level playing field at par with other states.

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