Gandhi, who participated in a debate after a long time, said she wondered why the sense of urgency was not being shown by the government in fulfilling key commitments made to the people there "who have been waiting patiently for over nine months" and feel they have been "taken for granted".

Initiating the debate in Lok Sabha on a bill which seeks to increase the number of members in the Andhra Pradesh legislative council, she said then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had committed in Rajya Sabha that Andhra Pradesh would be granted special category status.
Gandhi said the 14th Finance Commission has not done "full justice" to the needs of the state and accused the government of "sadly" not doing anything "substantial" for funding the new capital for the state.

After Gandhi spoke, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu intervened in the debate and said he agrees with the Congress President about problems being faced by people of Andhra Pradesh.
"But the government has inherited the situation and is trying to address the concerns...people talk of nine months, nine took nine-and-a-half years to bring the bill and we took nine months. It is less time as compared..."

Naidu's remarks had Congress members on their feet and there was a verbal spat between BJP and Congress benches.

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