Amidst a strong demand for granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there were ample opportunities for development in the State, which was given a special financial package two days ago. The Prime Minister made the remarks when a BJP delegation from the State met him to thank him for announcing the financial package, sources in the PMO said.
The financial package includes full funding of the Polavaram irrigation project, tax concessions and a special assistance, among others. But it stopped short of giving the State a special category status, which is being demanded by the Opposition parties. “During the interaction, the PM said there are ample opportunities for development in Andhra Pradesh, and they must work for development of the State,” the sources said.
Opposition not satisfied:- However, Opposition parties, including the YSR Congress, are not satisfied with the financial package and are demanding special category status in the wake of carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh. The State Assembly has been witnessing uproar over the issue since the beginning of the monsoon session on September 8, with the Opposition pressing for special category status.