BJP President Amit Shah has written an open letter to the Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, saying his party’s decision to quit the NDA alliance at the centre is unfortunate and unilateral. The TDP, once the BJP’s biggest ally in south, pulled out of the government earlier this month over the ‘special category status’ for Andhra Pradesh.
Read the full letter here:
Dear Sri Chandrababu Naidu Garu,
First and foremost, I would like to wish you and my five crone sisters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh a Happy Ugadi. May the New Year bring happiness and good health in everyone’s lives.
I am writing this letter after the Telugu Desam Party’s decision to quit the NDA family. This decision is both unfortunate as well as unilateral. It is a decision; I are afraid, will be construed as being guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead of developmental concerns.
BJP has been a firm believer in the concept of Politics of Performance and ‘development for all’ has been our guiding principle. Andhra Pradesh figures very prominently on our agenda of National Development and it is widely known that the Union Government led by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has left no stone unturned in ensuring the growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh.
Since the discussion of bifurcating united Andhra Pradesh till the present, it is the BJP that has led the voice of safeguarding the welfare of Telugu people in both the Telugu states. This is in direct contrast to the Congress Party, which not only mismanaged the bifurcation but also showed zero sensitivity towards the Telugu people, which is in line with their historic apathy to the Telugu community.
You may recall that during the previous Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, when your party did not have adequate representation, it was the BJP that set the agenda and ensured that justice is done to the hardworking Telugu people in both the states.
Since getting the opportunity to serve at the Centre, the BJP-led NDA Government, of which you were an integral constituent, has nurtured the new state of Andhra Pradesh with the spirit that this is the state that suffered at the time of state’s oifurcation. There is an element of sensitivity and a firm commitment for the cause of Andhra Pradesh’s development in the way the NDA Government at the Centre has worked for Andhra Pradesh.
This becomes evident from the massive resource allocations to the state of Andhra Pradesh over the past four years and the fact that already most of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 are poised towards fulfillment.
The BJP has always pursued developmental politics with the objective of transforming peoples lives. The manner in which people have blessed us over the past four years throughout the country demonstrates the public support for our positive agenda. Your assertion that the BJP is not sensitive to the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh and has not implemented the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 and assurances given by the then Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha is untrue and baseless.
Cooperative federalism is the guiding credo of this Government. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Moth has worked with a ‘Team India’ spirit, with all the Chief Ministers and devolved far more funds – 42 percent of central revenues (as against 32 percent earlier) – amounting to an additional Rs. 2 Lakh crore, to the states. All this makes it very obvious that any claim of discrimination against Andhra Pradesh is far from the facts.