Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had launched his day-long protest in the national capital against the Central government. The AP Bhavan in Delhi is the venue for this protest. Besides the Chief Minister, the members of his Cabinet, the MLAs, MLCs, MPs and other leaders of his party are joining him in the protest. There are representatives of the Congress and the Communist parties from the State, besides the government employees.
The State government is spending a whopping money that runs into a few crore of rupees from the exchequer. While the protest is aimed at giving political benefits to the TDP in the next elections, the government is spending money. The State government had paid Rs 1.13 crore to the railways to run two special trains to the national capital – on train from Srikakulam and the other from Ananthapur.
The State government also paid Rs 60 lakh to seven hotels in Delhi towards accommodation of the Ministers, MLAs, MLCs and the chairmen of various government corporations during this protest. The accommodation for the people brought in the two trains, the accommodation for the government employees and the accommodation for the representatives of some peoples’ organisations is not known yet.
The protest is to get justice done to the State by the Central government. The slogan is to seek free flow of funds to the State from the Central government. However, nothing would happen to the state as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is firm on getting Utilisation Certificates from the State to release funds. Even after spending a few crore of rupees in the name of day long protest, the State would be getting nothing. But, it is the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu who are set to benefit in terms of political advantage and votes in the impending elections.
It is a big crime that Chandrababu Naidu is committing by looting the State exchequer to the advantage of his political party. He had spent so much money from the State treasury in the last four years in the name of one event or the other. This spending is not over with the Delhi protest, as Naidu is planning for a Kolkata-type Opposition rally in Amaravati, where leaders of various political parties are to be present at the cost of the State exchequer.