Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh ensured that Andhra Pradesh’s budget allocation problem would be taken up in front of PM Modi.
Singh met the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) party delegation on Monday and assured them that he will discuss their grievances with the Prime Minister.
The delegation comprised Union Ministers P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary, and MPs K Ramamohan Naidu, Nimmala Kistappa and Thota Narasimham, who met the Home Minister in New Delhi. The meeting comes in the aftermath of a phone conversation between Chief Minister of the state, N Chandrababu Naidu, and Rajnath Singh.
The TDP leaders, earlier in the day, staged protests outside the Parliament seeking justice for Andhra Pradesh. According to these leaders, the issues concerned were a poor budgetary allocation to the state, delay in implementation of many provisions in favour of the state, and promises made by the Centre to develop the state.
The leaders were holding placards like ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’, ‘Keep Your Promises Now’, ‘Follow Alliance Dharma’, and ‘Implement AP Reorganisation Commitments’, with a demand that PM Modi should address their concerns.
Singh assured them that their concerns will be heard by the PM. “I will convey your feelings to the Prime Minister and ensure that the issues raised by you are addressed,” said Singh.
Machilipatnam MP Narayana Rao informed that the party leaders will continue to hold protests if their pleas are not heard by the Centre. This strategy by the TDP party leaders comes after a telephonic conversation with Chandrababu Naidu.
Congress Rajya Sabha MPs also protested in the House seeking justice, forcing Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 pm.