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United opposition can force Modi on Andhra package : Rahul

Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan
| 07 March, 2018, 00:25

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reiterated his party's support to special category status for Andhra Pradesh, saying it would top the list of priorities "when we come to power in 2019".

The protest was organised by MPs from Andhra Pradesh at Jantar Mantar in the heart of Delhi where other parties, including the Left and YSR Congress, were also demonstrating and seeking a special category status for the state.

He joined the protest to support TDP's demand for the Central government's promised special package following Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Last Saturday, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by K. Chandrashekhar Rao held a parliamentary meeting with its MPs, after which his daughter, Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha, tweeted that the TRS will raise the demand for states to be allowed to decide on reservation quotas and promises made during the state's division. "We require 50 signatures and even if we do that there will be a debate for a day or so and till the next six months we may not be able to talk about it", an MLC said quoting him.

Speaking at the state assembly, the Chief Minister said, "The Congress, which had played with Telugu people, lost address in the state".

Apart from the YSRCP, the centre will also face the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which has also chose to continue its "fight" to ensure that all the promises made to AP during its bifurcation from Telangana in 2014 are fulfilled.

The leaders held placards which said "Save Andhra Pradesh Save Democracy" and "Follow Alliance Dharma". "The suffering was compounded by other issues facing the new state including a revenue deficit, skewed income and asset distribution, lack of R&D institutions". Stating this as the reason, the central government denied special category status to AP and instead, assured "special assistance" by promising a "special package" in 2016, to be valid from 2015 to 2020.

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