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Budget 2018 leaves Chandrababu Naidu fuming

By Vicky
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    Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu is said to have expressed his disappointment over the Budget that was presented on Thursday.

    Andhra Pradesh chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

    AP had lined up a host of infrastructure projects and a new capital to be built. The AP government had hoped for financial assistance from the Centre, but there was disappointment in store.

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    Immediately after the Budget was presented, Naidu held a tele-conference with several of his MPs and urged them to pressurise the government in Parliament over the injustice meted out to AP. He said that the allocation has been only for central and tribal universities and the fund allocation for the state had been very poor.

    Rs 10 crore was allocated to each university, but no funds were allocated to various national institutions to be set up in AP. The Central Government also did not allocate any funds for Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada and Vishakapatnam. However the Bangalore Metro Rail project was handed out a massive fund of Rs 17,000 crore.

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    Further no funds were allotted for the construction of AP's capital city, Amaravati. Further the Centre is yet to release Rs 1,000 crore balance funds to the state. But this did not find a mention in the Budget. AP is also upset that no funds were allocated for the Polavaram projects.

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