BJP’s tension has increased! Before the budget, Naidu and Nitish put forward a big demand, will the Modi government be able to fulfill it?

Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) have reportedly submitted a wish-list of $5.7 billion (around Rs 48,000 crore) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the 2024 Union Budget, which will be presented on July 23. According to a report, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar have presented a huge set of demands before the BJP-led government. The report further claims that apart from this, both the states are urging the Centre to almost double the unconditional long-term loan allocated for infrastructure spending to Rs 1 lakh crore. However, this could not be confirmed.

The TDP with 16 MPs and the JD(U) with 12 MPs played a key role in helping the BJP form the government after the recent Lok Sabha elections where the BJP fell short of a simple majority. It was speculated that both Naidu and Kumar would leverage their positions to secure additional funds for their states. According to a Bloomberg report, Naidu alone has requested financial assistance of over Rs 1 lakh crore ($12 billion). He met Prime Minister Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier this week to press for his demands.

Naidu’s requests include funds for the development of Andhra Pradesh’s capital, Amaravati, and the Polavaram irrigation project. He also wants support for metro projects in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Amaravati, a light rail project and the Vande Bharat train from Vijayawada to Mumbai and New Delhi. Additionally, he has sought grants for backward districts and infrastructure projects such as the Ramayapatnam port and an integrated steel plant in Kadapa.

Meanwhile, Bihar is seeking funds to set up nine new airports, two power projects, two river water programmes and seven medical colleges. The two states are also asking the Centre to nearly double the unconditional long-term loans to Rs 1 lakh crore ($11.98 billion) for infrastructure spending. The budget session of Parliament will run from July 22 to August 12, with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting the budget on July 23.

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