Government will fulfill promises made to Andhra Pradesh: Naidu

| Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:20
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Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu says government will treat both the states as equal | Photo: IANS

New Delhi: The government will honour the commitments made to Andhra Pradesh when Telengana was carved out of it, union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday in the Lok Sabha.

"There is no question of going back on the promises made to Andhra Pradesh post its bifurcation. The government has fulfilled majority of promises made to the state," the urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation minister told the Lok Sabha.

"One-sided bifurcation has been done by the previous government. We will treat both the states as equal and there would not be any partiality," he added.

The issue was raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge during the Zero Hour.

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Kharge sought to know from the government the status of the demand for "special status" to the state in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

The minister said the previous government did not mention the special status to the state in the act.

"You never bothered to bring it (special status) into the act. I have been demanding the special status for the state since we were in the opposition," Naidu said.

He added that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will fulfill all the promises made to the state of Andhra Pradesh.

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