The recent meeting of Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring pressure on the latter to implement the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act has kicked up a lot of debate in the political circles.
The TDP leaders described it as a major achievement as Modi has agreed to monitor the implementation of the Act directly.
The opposition YSR Congress party described it as meek surrender by Naidu before Modi without fighting on the issues like special category status.
On Saturday, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao wrote a letter to President of India Ramnath Kovind expressing suspicion that the meeting was yet another attempt by Modi and Naidu to cheat the people.
“They have unfolded a drama to make the people that the state government is fighting for their rights, so that Naidu can betray them again,” he said.
KVP alleged that Naidu, being a coalition partner of the NDA, had remained silent for three and a half years without putting any pressure on the Centre on implementation of the Act as the legitimate right of the state.
“He rushed to Delhi last week to submit a 17-page letter listing out the promises and provisions to be fulfilled by the Centre as per Reorganization Act. This is only in the wake of news doing rounds that the Centre is planning to advance 2019 elections,” he said.
KVP appealed to the President to to call for a status report from the Centre on the implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 and promises/assurances made by former PM Dr Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha.