Though the ruling TDP has perfect clarity that special category status cannot be given to the State, it is eagerly waiting for the upcoming meeting between Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scheduled to take place on Tuesday in New Delhi.
While TDP leaders have no great expectations on the outcome of the meeting with regard to the State getting its due from New Delhi as per promises made during bifurcation, the yellow party's folk want to clarify doubts on whether Modi is gradually ignoring TDP.
"During the recent meeting of the State Cabinet, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu himself felt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not giving Andhra Pradesh any priority. Our boss is doubting that the stance taken by the TDP at the time of the 2002 Gujarat riots when Modi was chief minister of that State, might be still fresh in the mind of the Prime Minister," a senior minister commented.
According to the minister, during his proposed visit to New Delhi, the Chief Minister might try to read the mind of the Prime Minister, besides making another effort to make peace with Modi. "During the scheduled meeting with the Prime Minister, our boss will once again urge him to not to consider the stance adopted by TDP during 2002 Gujarat riots," sources said.
Though, Naidu is going to meet the Prime Minister to seek aid to take up relief works in drought-hit areas, all eyes are on the outcome of the meeting as the State has so far failed to extract its due share from the Centre as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
In fact, Naidu's scheduled meeting is part of the Prime Minister's exercise to hold meetings with chief ministers of drought-hit states. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had met Modi last week. "During his encounter with the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister would try to seek adequate funds for the State to tackle drought, besides urging him to fulfil all promises made to Andhra Pradesh State during bifurcation including granting of special category status," finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said. The chief minister will also seek funds for developing backward areas.