Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Andhra Pradesh: Battle between Chandrababu Naidu and PM Narendra Modi intensifies

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Nellie Chapman | 06 March, 2018, 16:15

The Congress leader later tweeted that a united Opposition can force the Centre "to do justice to the people of Andhra [Pradesh]".

Gandhi said that if his party came to power in 2019, the first thing his government would do is give special category status to Andhra.

"We agreed for a special financial package in the past in lieu of special category status only because the centre said there would be no discrimination between the special category states and others in terms of special industrial incentives".

CM and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu has reportedly instructed the party MPs to continue their protest in the Parliament regarding Special Status issue.

"I am confident that if we stand together, we will convince the Government of India and Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them at once". Gandhi said bestowing the state with Special Category Status would be the topmost priority of the Congress if it comes to power in 2019. Without any further delay, the TDP & Team can end their agitations, and protests (or even dramas, if you wish so), towards "AP Special Category Status".

At the time, special status was promised to Andhra Pradesh for foregoing Hyderabad and the eventual status to grant it was announced in Parliament and endorsed by political parties including BJP.

It is now clear that Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has made up his mind to part ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party, but is only trying to find excuses and buy time to get out of the NDA.

Andhra Pradesh politicians are raising political heat among them, in name of self-esteem or self-respect, ' said the Ministry of Finance.

The TRS government has made a decision to introduce an investment support scheme for farmers, while opposition Congress and BJP allege that the state government has failed to protect the interests of farmers. The opposition YSR Congress Party has announced that all its five MPs would resign on April 6 if the demand was not met.