Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

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

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Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 23:19

The Rajya Sabha proceedings were washed out for the seventh day on Tuesday as protests by members including those from NDA allies continued on various issues like the Rs 12,700 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh.

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.

Unrelenting members from TDP stormed the Well carrying placards demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh while the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam demanded setting up of Cauvery water management board.

Telugu Desam Party candidates CM Ramesh and Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar on Monday filed their nominations for the election to two Rajya Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier in the day, after the papers were laid in the House, members of TDP, YSRC, TMC, AIADMK and AAP were up on their feet seeking to raise a point of order.

With members continuing their protest, the Chair was forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu tried to pacify the members and conduct the Zero Hour but the protesting members trooped into the Well holding placards and shouting slogans. After the bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh was left with no capital city.

"Hence we are strongly asking him (to honour the promises made in the Reorganisation Act as well as those made in Rajya Sabha by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh),"Mr Naidu said".

"The government is agreeable to that and the Chair has also permitted", he said, adding "I don't find any reason for agitation".

"The main aim of the policy is to achieve 42 lakh tonne marine exports, which support the government revenues to the tune of Rs 80,000 crore by 2020", Mr. Naidu said.

This is the seventh consecutive day of disruptions in both the Houses. "I make an earnest appeal to leaders of parties and members that House be allowed to function because people are being impatient and (adjournments and protests) show Parliament in poor light", Naidu said.