New Delhi: Anticipating that the BJP government might take undue credit for Andhra Pradesh's development agenda, Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to fulfil all commitments made by the UPA 2 government.
With Congress having been virtually decimated in the Seemandhra region, the party has devised a new strategy to win back the confidence of the people of the region by being pro-active in insisting that the new government implement its decisions.
A series of meetings have been held so that pressure is put on the Modi government to move forward with the region's development agenda.
The UPA government had outlined five specific commitments to redress the problems that will plague the region after its division. Among the significant commitments was to grant 'special status' to Andhra Pradesh, which falls in the domain of the National Development Council.
Sonia Gandhi wrote, "The groundwork for many of them, like the area of water resources, grant of special category status and facilitating the Polavaram project, had already been laid by the erstwhile UPA government. I do hope that your administration will build on what we had accomplished and take them forward."
She further stated, "Gandhi said the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, by which Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh, contains various investment and other commitments by the Centre to Seemandhra region.
"The Congress President promised all cooperation to the Modi government in implementing these commitments."
Appreciating the move, the Congress party's Jairam Ramesh noted, "Our commitment is to the people of Andhra Pradesh... constructively to ensure the promises that we made, which were passed by Parliament. This is what the letter of the Congress President said. It is a very significant letter."
Aftab H. Kola Our Correspondent