BJP national president Amit Shah assured Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of due support from the Central government for development of Andhra Pradesh while claiming that the Centre has given Rs.1.43 lakh crore for various projects and institutions in the State. He said the Modi government would ensure that the Polavaram project is completed by 2019. “I request Mr. Naidu to be not afraid of the Centre reneging on its commitments," he said in a public meeting here on Sunday.
On the occasion, Mr. Shah said the Centre was fully committed to bailing A.P out of the crisis and listed some of the projects, which include Rs.1,500 crore for immediate development of the capital city at Amaravati and Rs.22,000 crore for industrial parks. Mr. Shah said the Congress owed an explanation on what it did for the people of A.P. and for the country during the last 60 years. It would do well to see what the BJP government has done in 19 months.
“Except carrying the shoes of Chief Ministers what the Congress did for people?" Mr. Shah questioned. The BJP leader accused the Congress of making a mockery of Parliament by its conduct. It was bent on settling political scores in Parliament, he alleged.
Mr. Shah was non-committal on party State president K. Haribabu's plea for an assurance on railway zone as the issue is reportedly under the consideration of the Railway Board. While launching a tirade against the Congress, Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu condemned the incidents that took place at JNU and Hyderabad Central University. He particularly denounced the 'praising of Afzal Guru by some student leaders.'
Earlier, Mr. Shah and Union Ministers Naidu and J.P. Nadda were received at Madhurapudi airport by party's A.P in-charge Sidharth Nath Singh, Ministers P. Manikyala Rao and Kamineni Srinivas, MLC Somu Veerraju, and MLA Akula Satyanarayana.