He also urged political parties to "unite" and "support" the cause.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that his BJP has always been for justice to Andhra Pradesh ever since its bifurcation and the central government is gradually fulfilling commitments made to Andra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation while new demands are being looked into.
While the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday called upon all political parties to unite on the issue of grant of special status for Andhra Pradesh and other demands, including the speedy completion of the Polavaram project, the Lok Sabha adjourned for almost a month-long recess amid unrelenting protests by Andhra Pradesh members demanding more central assistance for the state.
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"The state must harness the talent, entrepreneurial genius and technological prowess of its citizens to 'Make Andhra Great Again!' This is the vision people expect from its leadership". Later, an official from the water resources department said that out of the requested sum, the Narendra Modi-led central government has only reimbursed Rs 417.44 crore. Make no mistake, no state has ever developed because of centre's help or special status or package.
Both the Andhra Pradesh government and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Sunday strongly disputed the figures mentioned by the saffron party regarding the Centre's financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day shortly after 12 pm, without transacting much business amid protest by members from Andhra Pradesh and the Congress, bringing to end the first half of Budget session in the Lower House.
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"Andhra Pradesh has been provided funds for which is entitled to and the rest is under implementation", assured K Hari Babu, the president of the party's Andhra Pradesh unit.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned within minutes of assembling on Friday amid protests by members from Andhra Pradesh. "However, in January, the state government suggested an alternative method and discussion on the alternative method have reached a very advanced stage and a solution is likely to be finalised very soon", he said.
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