HYDERABAD: Urging the Centre to come to the rescue of drought-stricken Rayalaseema region, YSRC chief and Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Monday made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide financial assistance to the backward Rayalaseema region and fulfil all promises made to the reorganised state at the time of bifurcation.
The YSRC chief, who led his party MPs tomeet Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday, presented a memorandum to him.
Later speaking to reporters after meeting the Prime Minister, Jagan said “We have given representations on capital formation, special status, special railway zones, Shantakumar Committee Report and others.”
Releasing the copies of the letters submitted to the Prime Minister, the YSRC chief said the prime minister responded very positively and cordially to the requests made by the YSRC delegation.
Stating that Rayalaseema region is the most backward region of the state, Jagan said there was need for the Centre to provide special assistance to the region otherwise the region would suffer in the coming days.
He appealed to the Prime Minister to provide funds liberally for building new capital of the state as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act,2014.
“We requested the PM to kindly honour all the assurances given to the people of the residuary state of AP at the time of division,” Jagan said. Jagan further disclosed that he had also complained to the Prime Minister about the way the state government was undertaking Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project to divert Godavari waters, instead of focusing on Polavaram project, which would serve the same purpose to a greater extent.