Rahul Gandhi promises special category status to Andhra Pradesh

Rahul Gandhi promises special category status to Andhra Pradesh

As the second phase of Parliament's Budget Session commenced on 5 March, Andhra Pradesh MPs led protests in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding Special Category status to their state.

Naidu said that they agreed for special economic measure to the state as the Centre disagreed to provide special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP MPs were demanding the special status for Andhra Pradesh as was promised at the time of creation of Telangana in 2014.

The YSR Congress, along with 2,000 Andhrites studying and working in Delhi and other cities, also held a dharna at Parliament Street here to demand the special status for their state. The first thing we will do when we come to power in 2019 is give the state special category status.

TDP MPs also continued to protest outside the Gandhi Statue in Parliament, where they could be seen chanting "We want justice".

Reportedly, nearly 95% of the assets of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh have gone to Telangana in the bifurcation as they are located in Hyderabad, which caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh state.

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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. Telugu people from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai, along with those residing in New Delhi, participated in the protest.

Despite a plan to hold a joint protest in the national capital by the Congress and the Left parties, as announced two days ago, their venues were separated by 200 meters.

The demand was raised after erstwhile Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated.

What is worse, the Centre has humiliated the state government saying had not shown accounts even for a single rupee for the money released till date.

The TDP is leaving no stone unturned to embarrass the Modi government for giving Andhra Pradesh a raw deal in the Budget.

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