Andhra Pradesh

Jaitley’s assurance on financial help fails to pacify MPs

Unrelenting:  A TV grab shows Telugu Desam Party members displaying placards in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Unrelenting: A TV grab shows Telugu Desam Party members displaying placards in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The MPs from the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party on Tuesday continued their protests on the absence of a special package for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, leading to some disruption in proceedings.

Even Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s assurance that an alternative mechanism would be worked out to provide financial assistance had failed to pacify them.

Vociferous protests by members of the Telugu Desam Party forced a brief adjournment of the Lok Sabha proceedings in the first half, as they demanded a special package. In the second half too, the House was adjourned twice during the debate on the motion of thanks to the President.

Ironically, the protests grew louder when Congress leader in the House Mallikarjuna Kharge spoke, making party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and others lodge a protest before the Speaker that Mr. Kharge was not being allowed to speak. The Speaker tried to convince them to allow the Congress leader to speak. During the brief adjournment, Congress president Sonia Gandhi also tried to reason out with the TDP leaders that they should protest before the government when the Prime Minister was present in the House.

Members of the YSR Congress, who were in the Well displaying placards along with the TDP MPs, staged a walkout despite the assurance given by Mr. Jaitley.

“I think a solution by which an amount can be given through an alternative mechanism is being worked out. I have asked the Expenditure Secretary today to immediately call the Finance Secretary of Andhra Pradesh to Delhi and work out procedural formalities, so that it can be done,” Mr. Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha after the TDP members had trooped into the Well.

“That amount will be the same. Let’s be assured that there should not be any difficulty,” he said.

Narasimham Thota, TDP MP, described Mr. Jaitley’s budget “an insult to the people of Andhra Pradesh” and demanded that all promises made by the NDA government at the time of the bifurcation should be fulfilled without delay.


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