Arun Jaitley’s comparison of Andhra Pradesh with Bihar a factor behind TDP’s exit: MP

New Delhi: A TDP parliamentarian on Friday said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley comparing Andhra Pradesh to Bihar to deny the southern state the special category state status “angered” the people and was one of the factors behind the party’s decision to pull out its ministers of the central government.
“The Union Finance Minister in a press meet compared Andhra Pradesh to Bihar to deny Andhra Pradesh a special category state status and that also contributed in our party president (and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu) announcing the resignations of two ministers,” he said, adding that it hurt the sentiments and angered the people of Andhra Pradesh.
“When you make such comparison, there arises a question why should we give special status to AP while having a state more backward, Bihar. This is wrong. They angered the people, ministers and the chief minister. It was a promise made in Parliament and the comparison was not right,” TDP Rajya Sabha MP T G Venkatesh told reporters.

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