Centre grants ₹1269 crore for Andhra Pradesh projects

Congress party president Rahul Gandhi addresses media personnel after attending Parliament Budget Session in New Delhi on Wednesday

Rahul Gandhi says Congress supports Andhra demand for special status, asks all parties to unite

Addressing reporters in New Delhi with Andhra Pradesh BJP President K Hari Babu, BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao also hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his support to the demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh. 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. "It's time for all parties to unite on this issue and support this call for justice", he tweeted.

Rao also assured that the Central government will make all funds available as per commitment and much more.

A special package will be allotted in place of Special Status. Taking part in the Budget discussion in the Lok Sabha, TRS MP K. Kavitha said the Union Budget 2018 did not reflect the government's intentions to double the income of farmers by 2022. "Stop this", he said and suggested that the TDP should resolve the matter through a dialogue with the Finance Minister.

He added that Andhra Pradesh had received utmost priority and importance contrary to the claims made by the state leaders during first half of the budget session of Parliament.

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The target appeared to be the TDP, which has been protesting in both Houses of Parliament, accusing the Narendra Modi government of not fulfilling the promise of financial assistance made to Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation of the state.

BJP Steps Down For AP's Protests: Key Announcements:- With poor allocations for Andhra Pradesh in the recent Union budget, BJP has been slammed badly by the people along with the politicians across the state. Congress' KVP Ramachandra Rao walked into the Well of the House holding a banner that read: "Implement Special Category Status, Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, assurance given by PM on 20.02.2014". He also urged political parties to "unite" and "support" the cause.

Centre asked AP to keep all their demands so that they can re-work and announce them.

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