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    Who are at fault-People or Political Parties?

    During the fag end of Congress government combined A.P. was bifurcated into two States. The bifurcated A.P. was given the assurance that they will get Special Category Status by the then Congress government as well as the opposition BJP who strongly co-operated for the bifurcation. After Mr.Modi taking the reins of government, Modi's government rejected Special Status to A.P. and assured to give economical assistance to A.P. which is equivalent to special status. But the assurance given was only in the form of words but not in the form of any statutory bill. After 5 budgets A.P. received 5% of economical assistance that what they assured through special package. After giving assurance for special status by Congress and BJP, BJP government changed the words of Special status and how people will believe them. Then who's fault is this?
  • #628603
    Till now, eleven states have been granted special category status based on Gadgil-Mukherjee formula which has been revised over the years. The criteria include hilly and difficult terrain, strategic locations along the border, economic and infrastructural backwardness, and sizable share of tribal population. The eleven states are: Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalya, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.

    Apart from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh are also demanding special category status.

    But, Rajan Committee identifies Odisha as the 'least developed' state, followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Such recommendations strengthen the aforementioned states to demand special status. Andhra Pradesh and Telengana do not fully satisfy the definition of special status as mentioned earlier.

    Only a few days ago, N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, rejected the speculation of his party leaving NDA. KCR, the Chief Minister of Telengana, wants to be the leader of ''Non-Congress, non-BJP opposition'' parties. Perhaps, he is no longer being able to manage Telengana due to his incompetence.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #628606
    What have been meted out to AP is very disgusting. BJP and Congress were played their own part in bifurcating the AP and they did assure special status. But for the reasons better known to them, the BJP central Ministers are giving varied statements from the beginning and the CM Chandrababu Naidu was fed up in asking the special status. Now only one year is left for the term to end for NDA and TDP, they are under compulsion to fulfill the promises and now they are on the verge of parting ways. So until next election takes place, the special status issue would be kept in back burner.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #628613
    Mr.Partha, Without of the knowledge of the criteria what you mentioned Mr.Manmohan Singh, the law makers of Congress, BJP stalwarts like Venkaiaha Naidu, Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma etc. to appease A.P. State promised to provide Special category Status on the floor of the house. In the general election meetings at Tirupati, Guntur and other places of A.P. the PM candidate Mr.Modi pronounced their government will surely give Special status with so many additional promises. Do you think all these political parties and politicians are not aware of what you are telling?

  • #628618
    What I have stated in my previous response is factual. Only eleven states of the country have been given special status based upon some defined criteria. Now, Odissa is presently in line for the grant of special status.

    The promises to Andhra Pradesh by the political parties for grant of special economic assistance will have to be incorporated in the planned scheme. It will take some more time.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #628622
    Both people and political parties are to be blamed. We don't see that kind of agitation by the people of Andhra Pradesh that we have seen in the case of Telangana. So, people are not firm in their demand for Special Category Status, otherwise TDP couldn't have been there in the NDA alliance till now. After Note for Vote case, TDP started pacifying BJP. Anyhow, we know the corruption charges against the leader of YSRCP. So, if people of AP vote again any of these two parties, getting Special Category Status will be a distant dream for Andhra Pradesh.
    Partha sir, the Special Category Status assurance given to AP is a special case. It can't be generalised with other states. As AP lost Hyderabad, it lost most of its revenues to Telangana. As there are no industries in Andhra Pradesh, graduates have to go to other states to seek employment. Without Special Category Status, AP can't compete with other advanced neighbouring states.

  • #628627
    Mr. Bhuvan: I know you are a rational person and you understand the logic. Please understand the Government of India doesn't keep a bagful of money to give it to any state after any promise. What I stated earlier about special category status is purely from the administrative point of view.

    What the political leaders have promised to Andhra Pradesh is special economic assistance. Don't get confused between special economic assistance and special category status. Central Government has already started disbursing economic assistance to the state under various schemes. As for example, a large amount is being disbursed every year to the state to develop a new capital. The pressure tactics of TDP is purely for getting more financial assistance which is understandable, and at least rational and educated people must understand the issue in proper perspective.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #628634
    Partha sir, I completely understand the difference between special category status and special economic assistance. Special category status assurance was given to AP at the time of bifurcation and electioneering. The present Central Government converted special category status assurance into special economic assistance after the TDP Government has agreed to it. Now, slowly people of Andhra Pradesh and the TDP Government came to know that the assistance package is similar to the assurance given to Bihar at the time of elections and it is never going to be given. So, the people and the political parties again started agitating for special category status.

  • #628638
    Always people are at fault for believing the parties. The bifurcation itself is done wrong with a view of getting more seats for Congress from Telangana area which is proved wrong. KCR proved to be more tactful in getting his work done. He deceived Sonia by going away from his word of combining his party with Congress.
    Mr Venkiah Naidu tried his best for helping the state. But he was made voiceless by making him Vice President of the country. Mr.Chandra Babu Naidu is a shrewd politician without any aspiration to go to the centre. He is trying his best to keep up the friendship with BJP and trying to get the maximum benefits. But his patience is denying many advantages to the State. The BJP is not coming out openly to help the state or clearly disclosing their action plan in this regard. finally, it was proved that all parties are same. If this attitude continues I afraid north and south India feeling will crop up in the minds of the people.

    always confident

  • #628642
    Partha, You are a person who believe BJP is a political party which is most trusted and honest party. You also believe that Mr
    Modi whatever he will tell he will do without any semblance of doubt. Now you are saying politicians and political parties can promise something and forget for their convenience. So your most trusted BJP and Mr.Modi also come under the same category. Special category status was promised in a special situation on the floor of the Parliament by Mr.
    Manmohan Singh and the opposition party which included stalwart BJP leaders like Mr.Venkaiaha Naidu, Mr.Jaitley, Mr.Advani, Mrs.Sushma etc. If you think in the parliament itself politicians can mislead people like this what kind of politics people like us and you dream for?

  • #628644
    Any benefits that involves politicians and the people often goes wrong with the people getting a raw deal. Our Indian Politics is littered with examples where politicians say things just to keep their targets is sight. Once their motives are acheivied, then rest is forgotten.

    From the thread and the replies so far, it is evident that each of the four parties involved have their own agenda (the two national parties and the two new states). This itself shows that any discussions or promises are not honor bound.

    If one state is granted special status, then the rest as mentioned by Mr.Partha would be baying for blood, if they also don't get it. So, the parties at the center would be playing the age old game of waiting and allowing things to settle by themselves.

    What happens next is very predictable, the state parties would use this an a election campaign slogan to tarnish the image of BJP and or a new comer would benefit due to the fight between the state and centre.

  • #628707
    Mr. Natarajan, The case of A.P. is so different to the other states what you are mentioning. First thing, people of A.P. have never agreed for bifurcation of combined A.P. since Hyderabad is the financial capital of A.P. as well as India where vast job potential, industries and business potential with vast revenue income is there. This is the only State of India which was bifurcated without the consent of State Assembly. The move for bifurcation was unequivocally defeated in the State Assembly. With great force and pressure of both BJP and then ruling Congress party divided the combined A.P. by announcing various sops and Special Status promise in the Parliament. At that time don't they know all the other states come in way of giving special status to A.P.? Showing some other states as reason and denying A.P special status is completely illogical when majority of people of the well developed combined A.P. state completely lost their resources and original status.

  • #628968
    Thanks for the details Mr.Ramakrishna.
    Since the pull out of two TDP ministers, the doors to special status demand seems to be opening. Now, Tejashwi Yadav, the opposition leader of Bihar has made a statement asking the CM Nitesh to learn from Chandrababu Naidu and press for Bihar's demand for special status.

  • #628973
    Let the Central Government give special status to all twenty-nine states to avoid controversy. Thereafter, nobody would demand special status and no special benefit would be available to any state due to this special status. Let us all forget Gadgil-Mukherjee formula for granting special status.

    Do the Members agree to my special proposal on the special status?

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

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