Sanction of Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh will be Telangana’s biggest loss. It could revive old tensions between the two Telugu States, Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukender Reddy said on Wednesday.

It would not only open the debate on an individual State’s eligibility for the SCS, based on economic backwardness, but also promote unhealthy competition among the States, he said.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr. Sukender Reddy expressed fear that Telangana State would turn into nothing but a barren place if A.P. were sanctioned the status, “a timely invitation for all the industrialists to move there to claim tax incentives.”

He also shared with presspersons copies of two ‘Personal & Confidential’ letters he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in May and July 2015.

“For good reason, the Government has not granted the SCS to Bihar, which is backward, despite political temptations. Granting status through new criteria will break down the federal economic relations built since 1947,” he wrote.

The four-page letter also details the ‘excellent and well-developed’ infrastructure, towns, resources and the 925km-coastline the State is blessed with.

Mr. Sukender Reddy raising concern over the silence of the Congress Working Committee on the A.P. Reorganisation Act, 2014, also demanded that the Centre accord national project status to Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, like the Polavaram Project in A.P.

“People of Telangana are innocent, and their sentiment is not in cheating. Whether for the Telugu Desam Party or the YSRCP, the SCS is only a ploy. And if Andhra Pradesh gets the status, so should Telangana,” he asserted.

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