VIJAYAWADA: The Congress has demanded that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu convene an all-party meeting to bring pressure on the Central government for according special category status to the state.
Speaking to mediapersons here Monday, APCC vice-president Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) said the BJP-led NDA government had backed out on every promise made to the state. “It had turned its back on the special category status to the state, which is facing fiscal problems since bifurcation,“ he said.
Nehru said though its own party members are bringing pressure on him, Chandrababu Naidu seems to be little bothered. “It is time for him to shed his false prestige and take opposition parties along with him to get to the state its due from the Centre. It is rather unfortunate that BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu had fallen silent, though he spoke a lot on the issue in the past,” he said.
The Congress leader also took exception to the CM’s foreign tours on one pretext or another. He said while the state is badly in need of funds for development, Naidu is spending crores on his foreign trips. “Have they yielded results. Have any companies set up their units here? The fact is none of the companies, which the government claims have agreed to invest in the state, have visited the place,” he said.
Though it was announced in the morning that a All India Youth Congress meeting will be held in Vijayawada on April 29, by evening the programme got postponed.