Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to implement the commitments made by the previous UPA government to Seemandhra, including the grant of special category status to it and facilitating execution of the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project.
In her first official communication to Modi, a week after he assumed office, Sonia extended her party’s cooperation in fulfilling the commitments made to the new state, the groundwork for which had been done by the previous government.
Addressing Modi as “Dear Prime Minister”, she pointed out that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 “contains various investment and other commitments” by the Government of India in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh. The then Prime Minister and the then Home Minister, she said, had also made certain further commitments in the Rajya Sabha on which the Cabinet had taken certain decisions.
“The groundwork for many of them, like in the area of water resources, grant of special category status and facilitating the Polavaram project had already been laid by the erstwhile UPA government. I do hope that your administration will build on what we had accomplished and take them forward,” Sonia said in the letter.
The Congress has been taking credit for the creation of separate state of Telangana and arguing that it was a commitment made by Sonia Gandhi. The party, however, had to face the brunt for the division in Seemandhra — where it drew a blank in both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Sonia’s letter is seen as an attempt to send out a message to Seemandhra.
“As president of Indian National Congress whose coalition government drafted the Reorganisation Act and got it passed through Parliament, I assure you of our cooperation in ensuring that the commitments made to the people of the successor state of Andhra Pradesh are fulfilled both in letter and spirit,” the letter concludes.