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After the audience to BJP’s Chandrababu Naidu, the Modi government’s larger one to the Jagan government

After the audience to BJP’s Chandrababu Naidu, the Modi government’s larger one to the Jagan government

In Andhra Pradesh constituencies, the party seems to have kept all its options open; The new tranche of funds will help the Jagan government complete critical components of the Polavaram project

Jagan Mohan ReddyAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewing the work of the Polavaram project. (Facebook: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy)

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The Center on Tuesday released another Rs 12,911 crore to Andhra Pradesh for the Polavaram project, which will enable the state to complete its first phase, including critical components of the dam.

This is the second tranche of funds released by the Center for Andhra, after May 23, when it met the state’s long-pending demand for Rs 10,460 crore as compensation for revenue shortfall after bifurcation in June 2014.

Days after the release of that fund, Andhra Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and several MPs from his YSRCP party attended the inauguration of the parliament, which was boycotted by many opposition parties.

Andhra goes to polls next year and the BJP needs partners in the state to make a mark. While the YSRCP has been a friendly party to the Modi government since coming to power, the BJP has signaled that its options are open, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah meeting TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in New Delhi last weekend.

The TDP, which is seen far behind the ruling YSRCP so far, is not averse to allies either. It already has a strong contingent in Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena Party (JSP) and with the addition of the BJP, Naidu could challenge Jagan in the state elections.

Officials said the Union Finance Department (Expenditure), Polavaram wrote a letter to the state water resources department on Monday approving the fund.

On Tuesday, Jagan visited the Polavaram project site to review the construction progress.

Officials said the central government’s allocation of Rs 12,911 crore includes an additional Rs 2,000 crore for the project, a portion of which was washed away by the Godavari floods. Also, they said, the Center has ordered funding for the project at the latest rate instead of 2013-14.

Jagan has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman several times seeking Rs 10,000 crore to complete construction of the Polavaram dam. The Chief Minister’s Office said on Tuesday that around 79% of the Polavaram project work has been completed and around 12,658 families who will be displaced by the project have been resettled.

During his visit, the Chief Minister also inspected the civic infrastructure in the resettlement colonies.

First Published: 06-06-2023 19:13 IST

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