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Rahul joins protest for special status to Andhra

Rahul joins protest for special status to Andhra

"We are for special category status for Andhra Pradesh", Gandhi said at Jantar Mantar.

It is heard that Babu wasn't pleased with Jaitley's response to his party MPs pleas and instructed them to continue and even better, intense, the ongoing protest in the Parliament.

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. We will be forced to take them into consideration.

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.

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Many MPs were seen holding the placards including Jayadev Galla, K Ram Mohan Naidu, Murali Mohan, Thota Narsimhulu and JC Diwaker Reddy.

The MPs reportedly issued adjournment notices to both the houses of the parliament and demanded that the centre should respond to the issue.

The Congress party has faced criticism for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 when it gave in to the demands by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and other parties that agitated for a separate state of Telangana. The protest from TDP and YSRCP started on Monday. Tuesday's protests were a continuation of the previous day's agitations. 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 party also insisted that the Centre should bridge Rs 16,000-crore revenue deficit and extend industrial incentives at par with other states.


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