Party leaders led by Venkaiah Naidu seek assistance for AP and Odisha

A delegation of BJP leaders met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to demand financial help and logistical support for rebuilding the cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

Accusing the Centre of “neglecting” the States, particularly Andhra Pradesh; the delegation said both States are reeling under heavy losses brought on by the recent cyclones ‘Phailin’ and ‘Helen’.

“Andhra Pradesh has suffered losses to the tune of Rs. 45,000 crore in the past 10 years on account of calamities and despite asking for financial help of Rs.44,900 crore, the Centre has so far released only Rs.2,540.27 crore, a mere five per cent of what was sought,” said senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu who led the delegation.

“Despite having 33 Members of Parliament and 13 Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, the UPA I and II governments, which have been in power for the past nine-and-a-half years have totally neglected the State,” Mr. Naidu said.

The delegation apprised the Prime Minister that the relief amount of Rs.1,000 crore that was announced for each of these States has also not been released.