AP CM Chandrababu meets Prime Minister Modi

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss various issues, which have been long pending without much consideration from the Central government. The meeting assumes importance, as Mr. Naidu met the Prime Minister nearly after one-and-a-half year and also, at a time when the political analysts are of the view that the relation between the Centre and the state government has been growing thin with time.
It is learned that Chandrababu Naidu highlighted various issues in the presence of the Prime Minister, which ranged from non-allocation of funds to Polavaram project and the failures in implementing the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act. Mr. Naidu requested the Prime Minister to immediately sanction Rs 52,000 crore for the completion of the Polavaram project apart from releasing an additional Rs 3,000 crore, which the government has already spent on the project from its own treasury. According to the AP Reorganisation Act, Polavaram project has been declared a National Project and all the expenditure related to the project has to be borne by the Central government. However, the project work has been running at a slow pace due to insufficient funds.
Further, interestingly, the TDP President also requested the Prime Minister to increase the assembly constituencies in the state to 225 from 175 as mentioned in the Reorganisation Act. It is reported that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister made a strong note on the importance of releasing the funds immediately, as pending projects may impact the 2019 election results dearly.