A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government to explain why several provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act have not yet been implemented. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014 led to the bifurcation of the state and the formation of Telangana.
The court has told the governments to file affidavits in four weeks, The New Indian Express reported. It issued notices to the Union cabinet secretary, secretaries of the ministries of Home Affairs, Law and Justice and Andhra Pradesh chief secretary.
The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice J Uma Devi passed the order while hearing a petition filed by an agriculturist from Prakasam district. Poluri Srinivasa Rao wanted the court to direct authorities to take steps to accord special status for Andhra Pradesh and implement all provisions of the reorganisation Act.
Rao’s counsel said the then prime minister’s promise in Parliament regarding the special status to the state has not yet been implemented. The Centre was supposed to financially assist and provide tax exemptions to both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but it has not done so, the counsel added.
Andhra’s ruling Telugu Desam Party has been at odds with the BJP-led Centre for several months over the latter’s refusal to grant special category status to the state. The party pulled out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in March and moved a no-confidence motion against the Centre.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has accused the Narendra Modi-led government of diverting tax revenues collected from the southern states to fund development projects in the north, and claimed that the Centre was denying Andhra Pradesh its rights by not according special category status.