Centre collects revenue from south, spends on north: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

Centre collects revenue from south, spends on north: Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

In a stinging attack on the NDA government at the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh state assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning the "callous attitude" of the Centre in fulfilling the promises made in AP Reorganisation Act, including granting of special category status to the state.

The TDP aligned with the NDA hoping that PM Modi would take responsibility for protecting the "mother", the Andhra Pradesh chief minister said, days after pulling out of the BJP-led government at the centre over the special category status issue.

However, the members in Well, including those from TDP who were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh and AIADMK who were seeking immediate setting up of Cauvery River Management Board, continued to raise slogans and displaying placards.

The Aam Aadmi Party too joined the protests in Rajya Sabha, demanding an end to the sealing drive in Delhi. The protests continued as the House met again at 2 pm. The only Congress member protesting in the Well was K V P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, during the daily meeting with floor leaders in his chamber, Mr Naidu refused permission to allow those holding placards to speak in the House, saying that it would set a very bad precedent and more and more Members would resort to holding placards just to get an opportunity to speak.

"When there is no order, how can there be a point of order?"

Naidu said discussions on India's biggest bank fraud and other issues have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a Short Duration Discussion for raising a matter of urgent public importance without the voting clause.

Earlier, Naidu also asked members not to make comments while being seated.

Amid the noisy protests, Ahluwalia laid on the table of the House the statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the 35th report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development on Demands for Grants (2017-18).

Before adjourning the house, Naidu announced the nomination of JD (U) member Kahkashan Parveen on the panel of presiding officers to conduct the proceedings of the House, making her the first woman to be included in the panel in the recent times.