BJP targets Pawan Kalyan for criticizing Venkaiah Naidu

11 September 2016

BJP demanded an unconditional apology from Actor, Jana Chief Pawan Kalyan for his remarks on Union Minister, Venkaiah Naidu. Pawan Kalyan criticized Venakaih Naidu for his alleged failure in securing Special status Category for Andhra Pradesh.

BJP national secretary in-charge of A.P. Siddharth Nath Singh said Pawan Kalyan’s charge that the Centre and Mr. Naidu had failed to secure the status for Andhra Pradesh was not true. “There is no provision for special category status under the 14th Finance Commission and the generous financial package will address the concerns over revenue deficit in the State,” said Mr Singh at a press conference here.

“Mr. Pawan Kalyan has levelled serious allegations against Mr. Venkaiah Naidu whose record of public service is impeccable. He is accusing a man whose accomplishments are like showing a lamp to the sun,” said Mr. Singh. He also objected to Mr. Kalyan comparing the records of the former prime ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi, saying that the former stood for austerity and the betterment of farmers. “As the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, I demand an and apology,” said Mr. Singh

“Mr. Kalyan’s allegations of discrimination against south India by north Indians at the Centre reeks of trying to create a divide in this country, on charges that are utterly false. Mr. Kalyan is the third rotten laddoo after YSR Congress and the Congress party,” he said. Mr. Singh was accompanied by Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Hari Babu at a joint press meet at the party headquarters in Delhi.

“When the special category status for the AP was being talked about neither were we in the government nor we did know about the (recommendations of the) 14th Finance Commission. The Commission’s report was submitted to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2014. But the report was not implemented by his government. It was, instead, implemented by us (the NDA government) after coming to power,” Mr Singh said. “Manmohan Singh accepted 14th Finance Commission report in January 2014. We came to power in May. He did not include the special status in the report,” he added.

“In the report, there is no provision now for dividing the States on special and general basis for giving them certain financial packages or for the purpose of devolution of central taxes,” he said. “Once that is done, there can’t be any special or general category,” he added.

However, there are various mechanism in the 14th Commission called the revenue deficit grant, he said adding “three States have been accepted as revenue deficit, which also includes Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

Source: Hindu

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