The Congress manifesto ever since its release has been receiving mixed responses on it. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's reaction on inclusion of Special Category Status in Congress manifesto has surprised everyone. "The special financial package given to Andhra Pradesh is in lieu of the Special Category Status (SCS) as the 14th Finance Commission had removed the granting of SCS to any State and that it was "exactly equivalent" to the amount the State would have got even under the SCS."
Jaitley came down heavily on Congress asking "how can the Congress make such a blatant promise? What right does the Congress have? Where will you get the funds for Special Status? You cannot grant Special status to AP and anyone who does it will not be spared," he remarked, furiously. Adding that other states like Odisha too will start demanding Special Status, he said Congress will invite more troubles from other states with such promises.
Criticising the Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, he said that the AP Chief Minister accepted the financial package. "We had offered the special package which he agreed to. He then took a U-turn. How can Centre be step-motherly towards them?." He also came down heavily on TDP's flip-flopping over the special status issue.
However, according to political observers, BJP is criticising Congress' special status demand because it couldn't do it and believes that if the Congress implements the promises, the BJP will be seen in bad light as the credit will go to the grand-old party. They add that Jaitley's remarks make it clear that Centre has been unjust towards Andhra Pradesh and his sharp reactions are a standing testimony to BJP's anger over AP.