CPI asks TDP to pull out from NDA
Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary K Ramakrishna on Sunday came down heavily on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for presenting a pro-corporate budget, ignoring the interests of common people.
Deplores raw deal to AP in Union budget
Vijayawada: Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary K Ramakrishna on Sunday came down heavily on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for presenting a pro-corporate budget, ignoring the interests of common people.
Addressing a press conference at Dasari Nagabhushana Rao Bhavan here, he alleged that the NDA regime was continuing the anti-people policies of the previous UPA government. The Union budget for 2015-16 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley failed to incorporate any concrete provisions for the benefit of the middle class and the poor.
The reduction of corporate tax from 30 per cent to 25 per cent would benefit the corporate sector in a big way.
The hike in service tax from 12.36 per cent to 14 per cent would impose a burden on people, he said. The CPI leader said the residual Andhra Pradesh was meted out a raw deal in the Union budget as no special allocation was provided to fulfill the promises made by the Centre at the time of bifurcation of the State. He deplored the allocation of a mere Rs 100 crore for the multipurpose Polavaram irrigation project.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu failed to lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking special category status for Andhra Pradesh before the budget session though the CPI made a demand in this regard. Even if the Chief Minister expressed his disappointment over the raw deal meted out to AP in the Union budget, people were not in a situation to believe his belated reactions.
The Telugu Desam Party should immediately withdraw from the NDA government to put pressure on Narendra Modi, the CPI leader said. Ramakrishna demanded that Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu tender an open apology to the people of the State for his failure to get special category status accorded to Andhra Pradesh, though he was wielding considerable influence at the Centre. Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan who extended his support to the TDP-BJP combine in the elections, should prevail upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accord special category status for AP if he was really committed to people's welfare, he said. The CPI would burn the BJP-led NDA government in effigy in the city on Monday denouncing its pro-corporate policies, he said.
CPI State assistant secretary JV Satyanarayana Murthy, State executive committee members Ravula Venkaiah, Jelli Willson and G Obulesu were also present at the news conference.