According to a report by India today, the Andhra Pradesh government led by Telegu Desham Party (TDP) spent the nearly 11 crore rupees on the one day long sitting of its supremo, Chandrababu Naidu at Delhi. Documents accessed by India Today TV show that the Andhra Pradesh government allocated this amount so that the protest could be organised.
To transport the TDP supporters to Delhi, the Andhra government hired two trains having twenty coaches each. Also special care was taken about the accommodation of Chandrababu supporters from Andhra.
The government order (GO RT 215 issued on February 6) said the money was to be spent on “transportation of participants from different regions of Andhra Pradesh” and “payments of other bills”.
Chandrababu Naidu organised the protest to attack the Modi government for its “failure” to give special status to Andhra Pradesh. He was joined by a galaxy of opposition leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, leaders of Samajwadi party and even BJP’s ally Shiv Sena.
Addressing a public gathering in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also questioned the source of the money that was being spent on organising Naidu’s Delhi protest.
Meanwhile, the Andhra government has clarified that it has been organising ‘Dharma porta Deeksha’ (protests) across the state since 2017.