Special status for Andhra Pradesh not a closed chapter, says CPI

CPI State secretary K Ramakrishna said the united fight to achieve the Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh will continue and for this ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme would be taken up soon with

Published: 11th November 2017 03:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2017 11:57 AM   |  A+A-

Former MP Undavalli Arunkumar and CPI State secretary K Ramakrishna sharing a lighter moment at a meeting in Rajamahendravaram on Friday | EXPRESS

By Express News Service

ELURU:  CPI State secretary K Ramakrishna said the united fight to achieve the Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh will continue and for this ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme would be taken up soon with all political parties, youth, students, women and people’s organisations.

He said the SCS to Andhra Pradesh is not a closed chapter. He participated as a chief guest at the roundtable meeting on SCS held at Sphurti Bhavan here on Friday. The CPI, CPM, CPI (ML)-New Democracy, YSRC, and Congress leaders participated in the meeting. CPI district secretary Dega Prabhakar presided over the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Ramakrishna said the BJP-led government at the Centre had not even allotted one percent of funds that were released for 44 schemes in the last three-and-half years. The CPI leader pointed out that the steel plant in Kadapa, port construction in Visakhapatnam and separate railway zone for Vizag were some of the assurances given by the Centre. He accused Naidu of lying on SCS to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

He stated that the Niti Aayog revoked the SCS status and states which are already receiving benefits, will continue to receive till 2027. Ramakrishna said, “The Modi government is anti-Andhra Pradesh. Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh are making false claims on the State’s development.” He asked the CM to give out the details of `16 lakh crore investment which he claimed the State has received. He said they will continue their protest until Naidu responds on SCS.

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