Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has come out with a strange argument on Saturday to defend the indiscriminate spending of funds released by the Centre for various schemes.
Without naming the BJP leaders, the chief minister said: “Some people are saying the state should show accounts to the Centre for the funds released to the state. This is not correct. In a parliamentary democracy, the states and Centre have equal rights. The states, too, have sovereignty.
“State is answerable to the assembly and Centre is to the Parliament. In my opinion, the state cannot be asked for accounts for the funds from the Centre,” he said.
Naidu was apparently reacting to the statements of BJP AP unit president K Haribabu and senior leaders like Daggubati Purandeswari that the Centre would release more funds only if the state furnished the utilisation certificates for the funds released by the Centre.
In fact, Lok Satta founder Dr Jayaprakash Narayana also expressed the similar view that the Centre cannot seek accounts for funds it provided to the state.
However, former AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao differed with Jayaprakash Narayan, saying “When funds are provided by the Centre, it has the authority to call for accounts”.