BJP refutes criticism on Andhra Pradesh

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"Today Rahul Gandhi sounds very hypocritical when he makes silly claims standing with Andhra Pradesh", said GVL Narasimha Rao, the party's national spokesperson at a press conference.

The BJP note detailed Rs 22,113 crore to be paid as revenue deficit, Rs 1,000 crore for the new capital of Amaravati, full funding for the irrigation component of the Polavaram project over the Godavari river, and a total investment of Rs 1 lakh crore on infrastructure.

"They shall be open to inspection by an officer deputed by the Government of India or the state government", an under-secretary at the Centre said in the release order.

The issue of financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh has roiled Parliament this week with chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction with the central package.

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While the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) is up in arms against its ally Bharatiya Janata Party over the allocation of funds for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has come in support of the former.

"The deep differences between both the sides has not just indicated about their fallout soon, but also made way for other national parties and their leaders to announce their backing for TDP leaders" protest in Parliament. It has agreed to prepare an action plan within a week or 10 days on the implementation of the assurances. The issue also figured in the Rajya Sabha.

After listening to the speech of finance minister Arun Jaitely in Rajya Sabha on the last day of the first phase of the budget session on Friday, everybody in the state lost hope on the Centre. The entire amount is allocated to different heads but the largest share has been granted to the Polavaram multi-purpose project, which is the biggest bone of contention between the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh and the Centre. He said that if the TD and YSRC MPs resigned, the Central government will fall. They have been demanding special funding for various important infrastructure projects in the state.

The Centre also released Rs 253.74 crore as "basic grant" to urban local bodies in the state.