Congress veterans Digvijay Singh, Jairam Ramesh and K V P Ramachandra Rao charged Jaitley with committing breach of privilege of the House by hinting that the 14th Finance Commission had done away with the provision of according special category status to states.
“The Finance Minister in his intervention on the Private Member’s Bill on Andhra Pradesh on Friday, July 29th, seemed to indicate that special category status for Andhra Pradesh is ruled out because of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission,” a notice read.
Congress said that the Finance Commission has nowhere in its report recommended the abolition of the concept of “special category” status for certain states.
“All that it said is that for purposes of devolution, it was not categorising states. This is very different from claiming that it recommended doing away with special category status,” it said.
Andhra Pradesh has been demanding Special Category State status from the Centre after its bifurcation and creation of Telangana.