YSR Congress MPs to resign if special status not given to AP

YSR Congress MPs to resign if special status not given to AP

Speaking at Jantar Mantar, Mr Gandhi said, "We are for special category status for Andhra Pradesh. It is my belief that if the opposition stands united on this issue, we can force the BJP Govt to do justice to the people of Andhra", wrote Gandhi on Twitter, with a video and the hashtag "INCStandsWithAndhra". As a result, in the A.P. Reorganisation Act on February 20, 2014 then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the "Special Category Status" (SCS) would be "extended to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh for a period of five years".

The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has been demanding a special category status (SCS) for the state, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi has lent support to the cause.

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.

Further, the Chief Minister refused to compromise on the matters of the state interest citing the State Reorganization Act.




Addressing the gathering, YSRC national general secretary and Rajya Sabha member V Vijaya Sai Reddy lashed out at TDP regime for enacting "political drama" on Special Category Status.

The protest on Tuesday was a continuation of the protest on Monday, where both Houses of Parliament had to be adjourned after MPs started slogans asking for the demands of the state to be met.

Though the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is part of the NDA government at the Centre, its leaders are protesting against the central government for "neglecting Andhra Pradesh". "I will take up the issue with the APCC president and other senior leaders", he added. 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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