The Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister sought to hit back at Naidu, who recently demanded to know from the Congress as to why the provision was not included in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014.

"I will ask Venkaiah Naidu why the provision of special category status was not part of Reorganisation Bill of Uttar Pradesh in 2000. UP was reorganised into UP and Uttarakhand in 2000. Special category status was given to Uttarakhand in 2002. Why was it not part of the Bill?" he asked.

"These (according special category status to AP) are executive decisions. So, same principle that applied to (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee (the then Prime Minister) is being applied to Manmohan Singh also. The Cabinet decided that special category status should be given to AP. Venkaiah Naidu is trying to find excuses," Ramesh told reporters.

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