Union Urban Development Minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday said the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh would be accorded special category status even as the Telangana Assembly adopted a resolution seeking identical status.
“There is no confusion about this (special category status),” said Naidu, speaking at a felicitation organised by the BJP.
He said the new government at the Centre would give special status to Andhra Pradesh, which now needs a new capital and is facing many developmental challenges.
Naidu’s assurance came a day after a Planning Commission spokesperson had said in New Delhi that “the proposal to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh is still under consideration” but no decision has been taken.
Naidu had spoken to Union Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh on the issue soon after the Commission clarified that no decision to deny the status had been taken.
With the Centre favourably inclined to according special status to Andhra Pradesh, similar demand was raised for the newly created Telangana state, with its legislature adopting a resolution in support of a similar demand.
“Telangana has all the qualifications to be given special state status. The Centre should treat both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on equal basis,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said, moving the resolution.
Earlier in March, the Union Cabinet, headed by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had directed the Commission to accord special category status to successor of Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra) for five years.
Panel on new Andhra capital submits report
HYDERABAD: The expert committee formed by the Centre to study various alternatives regarding the new capital for Andhra Pradesh submitted its preliminary report to CM N Chandrababu Naidu Saturday.
The five-member panel, headed by former urban development secretary K C Sivaramakrishnan, had toured Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and Guntur to identify a new capital.
Sivaramakrishnan gave a presentation to Naidu and top government officials on their assessment. However, the committee is said to have not specified its choice for the new capital yet.