Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Rahul Gandhi meets TDP workers over 'special category status'

Rahul Gandhi meets TDP workers over 'special category status'

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti, who also joined the protest, said he had come to extend support on "behalf" of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Congress leader later tweeted that a united Opposition can force the Centre "to do justice to the people of Andhra [Pradesh]".

On Monrday, ahead of the commencement of the second part of the budget session, the TDP MPs had staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises demanding "Special Category Status" for the state. There were reports from Delhi quoting finance ministry sources that the Special Category Status (SCS) can not be granted to Andhra Pradesh as the Niti Ayog had said a strict no to grant of SCS to any state, hereafter.

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. "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.

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. "We have called for protesting together, and are ready to fight with anyone in interest of the state", Reddy stated.

Is the Telugu Desam gearing up to take the final step of severing ties with the BJP?

The police arrested YSRCP leaders, including MPs and MLAs, while marching towards the Ministry of Home Affairs for submitting the memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding special status for the state. He said he had agreed to the special package offered in lieu of the promised SCS only as the Centre had stated it was not in a position to grant SCS due to technical reasons, but equivalent benefits would be given.

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