- Inquiry in the High Court on the special status of the AP
- The court questioned why the status was not given
- Court to counter with full details
The Center questioned why it was not given in the case of AP when it was given to several states. Commented that the AP had lost with the partition .. would have to be given special status. Lawyers for the Center argued that petitions were pending in the Supreme Court over the status issue. He said there was a difference in geographical conditions between the special status states and Andhra Pradesh. The tribunal which heard those arguments .. ordered the counterclaim.
Amalapuram lawyer Ramesh Chandra Verma has filed a petition in the high court alleging that the parliament did not implement the promise made by a parliamentary witness that the AP would be given special status. Lawyer M. Rama Rao, while hearing the arguments, said that the then Prime Minister had promised to give special status in the Parliament to support the AP. The Center has given status to the North-Eastern and Himalayan states.
He said the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised in Parliament that the state would be given special status to help Andhra Pradesh, which was severely damaged by the partition. As the years went by that promise was not kept. He said the Center, which had given special status to the northeastern and Himalayan states, was not keeping its promise in the case of Andhra Pradesh. A special package was announced in 2016 without giving status.
In fact, some states are being given industrial incentives under Package-2, while Andhra Pradesh is not being given such incentives. He said all the states receiving these incentives have special status. He said budget-based support was being extended to all special status states through the GST Council. He said the state government was making several efforts for the special status but the Center was not responding.