Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday hit back at Amit Shah for accusing him of leaving the alliance out of political considerations, saying the BJP chief’s letter was “full of false information” and an “insult to the people” of the state.
Speaking in the state Legislative Assembly, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief alleged that the BJP
chief tried to misrepresent the facts, hurting the sentiments of the Telugu people.
“Amit Shah in his letter says Centre gave many funds to the state, we couldn’t utilise them. They’re trying
to say Andhra Pradesh government is incapable. Our government has good GDP, agriculture, and many national
awards. That’s our capability. Why are you spreading lies,” the news agency quoted Naidu as saying.
Defending his party’s decision to quit the BJP-led NDA, Naidu said this was done to respect the
feelings of people, who were feeling betrayed by the Central government. He said the NDA did not
discharge its responsibility towards its ally and the state.
The TDP leader alleged that BJP had done graver injustice to Andhra Pradesh than the Congress. He said
while Congress bifurcated the state in an unjust manner, the BJP failed to fulfill the commitments made
in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
Naidu’s reaction came hours after BJP released a letter written by Shah in which he stated that TDP’s
decision to quit the NDA was unilateral “guided wholly and solely by political considerations instead
of development concerns”. In a nine-page March 23 letter released on Saturday, Shah described as
“untrue and baseless” the TDP chief’s allegations that the BJP was not sensitive to the aspirations of
the people of Andhra Pradesh.
Naidu took strong exception to the BJP President attributing ulterior motives to him. “You may have
that habit, I don’t have,” he said, reacting to Shah’s remark that he was looking to divert the funds
received from the Central government.
Slamming Shah for using some strong words in the letter, Naidu said it reflect the functioning of the
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Disputing Shah’s claim that the Central government extended all help to the state, he dared him to come
out with facts and respond to the points raised by him in his letter earlier.
The TDP chief read out excerpts from the letter written by him and Shah’s reply. He made a point by
point rebuttal to assert that the Central government failed to come to state’s rescue.
Naidu also told the Assembly that even the funds which the Central government had to give to the state
towards the share in the taxes were being shown under the assistance extended to the state during last
Earlier, Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh said Amit Shah had no knowledge of the state’s issues.
He said the BJP chief wrote the letter without complete understanding of the problems faced by the
Lokesh, who is also a cabinet minister, denied Amit Shah’s allegation that the state did not submit
utilisation certificates for the funds released by the Central government.