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


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. Amid the din in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla introduced The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018, that seeks to confiscate all assets of absconding fraudsters and loan defaulters for recovering dues from them. But with members not willing to relent, Naidu was forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

However, Shukla said these provisions can be debated during the discussion on the Bill, and introduced it.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan chose to adjourn the House when members stormed the well carrying placards after question hour.

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But with the recent spat over AP's funding (with the Centre) in the Union Budget 2018, and with both the TDP and BJP withdrawing their ministers from the state and union cabinets, the Telugu Desam Party led by AP chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has made a decision to play it safe and avoid mudslinging over the RS seats.

The 50-page booklet touches upon promises made including Polavaram irrigation project, special category status for the state (promised by then Prime Minister in Rajya Sabha), building of world class capital at Amaravati and various other projects.

A similar situation prevailed in the Rajya Sabha which was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day. Naidu in his two tweets said: "We will work day and night to rebuild the state, I have the experience, people of this state are hard working, but BJP is failing to provide justcie to the state".

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Ahluwalia was to make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations of the 35th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on rural development. Joining them, Aam Aadmi Party members shouted slogans seeking an end to the sealing drive in Delhi, whereas the Congress and the TMC raised the bank fraud issue.

MPs from other parties also protested inside the Parliament premises - the Trinamool Congress against Aadhaar, the YSR Congress Party for special status for Andhra Pradesh and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for a Cauvery management board to be set up.

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