AP to live with out Special Status, forever

It is almost clear. The Government of India is no more interested in discussing the issue of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh. The Central Government has made it clear in the Parliament that the Govt. of India does not give special status to any state considering the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission.

The issue is likely to hurt the relations between the coalition partners in the state and center, the BJP and Telugu Desam Parties. The Andhra Pradesh is likely to remain a deficit budget state for the coming few years.

At present 11 states in India have special status. These are Arunachal Pradesh, Assom, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand. The states demanding the special status are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

Ironically, the BJP has demanded for special status for AP for 10 years against the proposed 5 years at the time of debate on reorganisation of AP in Rajya Sabha on 20th February 2014. A year later, the BJP, being a party in power is not able to keep its promise.

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