Congress chief Rahul Gandhi joins TDP protest at Jantar Mantar
07 March, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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".
"We will give special category status to Andhra Pradesh".
"It is not possible to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh, just because of it has been made a sentimental issue".
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Students of IIT, JNU and Delhi University, who also joined the protest, carried banners and placards demanding justice to Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minister is believed to have got disappointed when he heard that the Centre had rejected the demand and the incentives to industry on the ground that other States might seek it.
Since the presentation of the Union Budget 2018 on February 1 missed out on any special allocation package for Andhra Pradesh, TDP MPs have increased their protests, pausing briefly for the break in Parliament, but resumed from Monday as the second-leg of the Parliament Budget Session began.
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A senior TDP leader said Mr. Naidu may not take a hasty decision but would wait for an official statement from the Union Finance Ministry and the feedback given by the party's team that spoke to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on its return on Wednesday.
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.
Gandhi attended the protest which was organised by Andhra Pradesh Congress workers. The leaders were taken to Parliament Street Police Station.
The Centre announced a "special package" in 2016 for Andhra, but the TDP government claimed no funds have been released under the package.
Member of Parliaments belonging to the Telugu Desam Party continue to step up pressure to ensure that the promises made to them during the state's bifurcation are met.
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