AP CM Chandrababu Naidu has responded to the comments of NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar who stated that the new state of AP might not require hand-holding support to surmount the problems caused by the bifurcation.
Saying that the comments have hurt him, Naidu expressed his “pain” over the observation of Rajiv Kumar. Chandrababu said that AP would approach the Supreme Court, if required, to get its due. Naidu asserted that he was not seeking any “extra favour”.
“After reading newspaper reports today, it has hurt me a bit. Yesterday, he (Rajiv Kumar) made that comment and at the same time Telangana Chief Minister (K Chandrasekhar Rao) also remarked that there was no comparison with AP. This pained me,” Naidu said at the district Collectors conference.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman, during his day-long visit to AP yesterday, observed that the state neither required handholding nor special category status (SCS) given its economic growth story.
“With an average per capita income higher than the national average, special status demand is…well, you should think about it,” he also said.
Naidu pointed out, “Yes, even today the highest GSDP contribution in the country is ours, which means we are number one in (economic) growth. But the main problem is we are in the low base.”
He said he seeking the Centres handholding till a level-playing field was established.happy wheels
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