Four reasons why Modi does not announce special status to AP?
Will PM announce special status this time? May be it is a profound optimism expecting ‘special status’ for Andhra Pradesh in present scenario. However, people of AP are hopeful of hearing the much-needed announcement from the Prime Minister of India. They are eagerly waiting that he may announce it at the foundation ceremony of Amaravati.
- It is clear that the PM will not announce special status for AP this time due to Bihar Assembly elections. Bihar has been demanding special status since quite a long time. Modi announced special package but not special status ahead of prestigious Assembly polls. If he announced special status for AP, that will destroy BJP’s prospects in Bihar. Modi attends Amaravati function on 22 October. By then, three more phases of Bihar polls to be held.
- Another reason is….according special status was not included in the AP Reorganisation Bill. It was just a promise made by then PM in Parliament (Rajya Sabha). It is not mandatory to follow the mere promises made by previous governments.
- The special status for any State will be given as per Gadgil-Mukherjee formula, which was active until 2014-15. Planning commission, which has to recommend for the status, was also scrapped and replaced by Niti Ayog. Does this new body have any authority to recommend special status for Andhra Pradesh?
- Finally, we can conclude with the recent statement by BJP national leaders on this issue. Even Venkayya Naidu, who demanded special status for 10 years, also backtracked in this. We can recollect the Union Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh has made it clear in the Lok Sabha that the granting such status to any State was not possible.
At present there are 11 States in the country are enjoying the special status. If Andhra Pradesh becomes the 12 one, it is definitely big boost for its development.