Sonia accuses government of apathy towards AP
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of "apathy" towards the people of Andhra Pradesh, saying that promises made to them have not been fulfilled. Speaking on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi said the state was suffering from revenue deficit.
She said the 14th Finance Commission also has not done full justice to the state, which is the successor state of the undivided Andhra Pradesh following formation of Telangana. Gandhi said Polavaram irrigation project also has not been implemented.
"It must take off immediately. After all, it is a government of India project," she said. She said Andhra Pradesh should have its own grand capital but "nothing substantial" has been provided. Gandhi referred to other promises including a petroleum university.
"People of Andhra Pradesh are deeply anguished by apathy shown by this government... They are feeling that they have been taken for granted," she said. Gandhi said she had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.