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Andhra tangle

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The division of Andhra Pradesh has been barely completed, but demands for sops have begun. In residuary Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu has demanded a special package for waiving off farm loans. In Telangana, within days of its formation, chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao rushed to Delhi demanding a special package for his backward state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should say a firm no to both states. In Telangana’s case, the demand is especially reckless. When the movement for the state was going on, no one cared to think about the state’s viability. Any question on that score was held as anti-Telangana. Every state—new and old—must bear its responsibilities and learn to live within its means.

In Andhra Pradesh’s case, some aid to create infrastructure lost to Telangana may be justified, but waiving off farm loans is unacceptable. It spells a return to the discredited politics of the United Progressive Alliance years. Modi should avoid it at all costs.

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