According to a recent study on the assets of Chief Ministers across India by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is the richest CM in the country with assets worth Rs 177 crore.
But ironically his state is in dire need of money, or so he claims. He has been holding BJP hostage over what he said were unfulfilled promises under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. He had submitted a 17-page memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the Union Budget 2018.
But all hell broke loose after the Budget was announced. Naidu feels that Andhra has been betrayed and claims that they were given a raw deal in the budget.
After TDP MPs protested against the Centre in both upper and lower houses of the Parliament, the Centre released Rs 1,269 crore to Andhra Pradesh. Rs 417 crore is towards the Polavaram multipurpose project, Rs 253.74 crore as basic grant to urban local bodies, Rs 196 crore for the Anganwadi services scheme and the supplementary nutrition programme, and Rs 31 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Programme.
But the TDP government wants Rs 1,948 crore more from the Centre.
Now with ministers who have assets worth crores, it is very suspicious why the TDP has been asking for such high amounts of money. Wonder where they'll use all this money.