After Centre’s Pondi Special Status promise, demands from AP grows

The demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh is back to the fore again soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in its election manifesto for Puducherry released by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman recently, promised special status to the Union territory.
The demand for a special status for Andhra Pradesh has been raised by all major political parties in the state since the bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh in 2014 — something rejected by the BJP government at the Centre several times.
The BJP said it would accord ‘Special Union Territory’ status to Puducherry to increase devolution of funds from 25 per cent to 40 per cent as was done in the case of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure development.
The party also promised to revise cost-sharing of projects under centrally sponsored schemes in the ratio of 70 per cent