Yanamala blames Jagan for raw deal to AP in Union Budget

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CM met PM, Shah many times but got nothing for AP projects
Jagan Delhi visits only meant for personal favours

AMARAVATI: Former Finance Minister and senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Monday slammed the Union Budget 2021-`22 for ‘not providing any funds or projects’ to fulfill the promises made for Andhra Pradesh in the Reorganisation Act.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu held Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy responsible for the Central Government’s raw deal to AP in the Union Budget. There was alarmingly no mention of AP in this year’s budget. No funds for any metro rail or industrial corridor in the State. The CM and his party MPs owed an explanation to the people in this respect.

In a statement here, the Opposition Leader in Council said that it became obvious that Mr. Jagan Reddy’s visits to meet the Prime Minister and Union Ministers were solely aimed at his own personal benefits and favours. There was nothing that this Chief Minister has brought for the State from the Centre. The CM was all the time preoccupied with getting relief from his illegal assets cases rather than getting a fair deal for the people.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu objected to the manner in which the AP-specific projects were ignored under the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor and Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor. Whereas, the Centre gave generous funds to the industrial corridors in Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Nagpur and other places. Huge funds were also allocated for the metro rail projects there but not in AP.

The TDP demanded the CM to explain why he failed to bring the Special Category Status to AP even though the people had given his party 22 MPs in the 2019 election. Mr. Jagan Reddy himself boldly said before the election that he would bend the neck of the Central Government to confer Special Status if the AP people gave him all the 25 MPs. The YCP leaders’ personal and political failures were clearly visible in this budget.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu pointed out that there was no effort to solve the biggest problem of economic imbalances with the gap between the rich and the poor every widening. No attention was being paid to either remove them or reduce those imbalances. The farmers were greatly agitating in the country right now but the Union Budget did not try to address their concerns. If imbalances were not sought to be removed, then the dissatisfaction would increase among the people.

The TDP leader also said that the budget did not seek to attract private investments and no funds allocation was made for this purpose. New investments in industrial sector would play a key role in solving the problems of unemployment, economic decline, etc. Already, businesses and trade were badly hit because of the Coronavirus epidemic and lockdowns. Crores of migrant workers and construction coolies lost their livelihoods. Over 9 percent rise was there in unemployment.