Popular Telugu Film actor and Jana Sena party President Pawan Kalyan, who played a significant role in bringing the Telugu Desam party to power in Andhra Pradesh, slammed the BJP for not accord-ing the specuial status to AP.
Addressing a public meeting in Anathapur, Pawan Kalyan attacked Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. He said BJP leaders are claiming that Special status is the closed chapter and the Special package is the replica to Special status. They are even organizing facilitations to their leader for attaining the special status.
He said, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who took full credit for taking the “special status” argument in parliament , later backed out hurting the self-respect of people.
He said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that Special Package is about 2.03 Lakh cores while Venkaiah says it is 2.25 Lakhs crores, there itself is the difference. Center is not granting anything much other than the right claim of the state. The taxes pooled from all states are distributed among states according to the population numbers.
In the case of AP, The rightful figures of AP would be 1.75 Lakh crore and add revenue deficit it would become 1,93 Lakh crores. Now what else the center is giving extra for the states? questioned the actor.
He said Leaders are just hiding the facts and publicizing that they have given a wonderful package to the state. Even the Polavaram project , the center is giving support to just Irrigation Project and nothing else, it hardly amounts 8000 crores and claiming nation Project status .
Expressing deep anguish over the Special Package by the BJP led Central government, Pawan Kalyan asked whether there was any sanctity to the Package. He also told thet he would fight for the Special status till the end.