Rahul Gandhi promises Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh if Congress voted to power

TDP, YSRC MPs continue their protest in and outside Parliament demanding Special Category Status

Published: 07th March 2018 02:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2018 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, along with TDP MPs, stages a protest outside Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: On the second straight day, both the Houses of Parliament were disrupted by the MPs from the State demanding ‘Special Category Status’ to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act.  

Outside Parliament, TDP MPs continued their protest holding placards and expressing their dissatisfaction and disappointment over the lack of reaction from the Centre towards their agitation for a genuine cause. At the same time, Congress MPs also staged a protest outside Parliament demanding SCS to AP.

Reacting to the inconclusive talks between the State government and Ministry of Finance on Monday night, MPs, including Galla Jayadev, said they have no more confidence that the Centre will act upon their demands. Chittoor MP N Sivaprasad, dressed up as TDP founder and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, found fault with the Modi government for taking the Telugu people for granted and warned against cheating them.

Later in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi participated in the protest demanding Special Category Status, organised by Andhra Pradesh unit of his party at Jantar Mantar. “Our stance is clear. We are for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh,” he said. The first thing the Congress will do after coming to power in 2019 is to give Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, he added.

“I am confident that if we stand together, we will convince the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them,” he said.
He later tweeted: “It is my belief that if the opposition stands united on this issue, we can force the BJP government to do justice to the people of Andhra.”

On the other hand, YSRCP MPs continued their protest in and outside the Parliament. They staged a protest by holding placards demanding Special Category Status to the State on the premises of Parliament.
Though MPs of opposition parties including Congress, TMC and TRS rushed into the Well in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding discussions and explanations on various issues including PNB scam, reservation issues, the demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh was louder.

Within a few minutes of commencement of the session, Lok Sabha was adjourned by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan after TDP MPs rushed into the Well holding placards with slogans ‘Do Justice to Andhra Pradesh’.

The same scenes repeated in the Rajya Sabha and Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu commented  before adjourning the house till 11:30 p.m said, “This is Parliament, not a Bazar. Don’t show placards. We are making ourselves a laughing stock.” But, when it resumed, he again adjourned the House within a minute till 2 pm., while expressing his dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha resumed at 12 noon and the Speaker tried to continue the proceedings despite din but adjourned it for the day within a few minutes. After a couple of breaks, the Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for the day.

TRS joins chorus with AP MPs

Hyderabad: Ruling TRS MPs led by K Kavitha on Tuesday stalled the proceedings of the Lok Sabha seeking justice to the Telugu-speaking states even as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s proposal for a Third Front became the hot topic of discussion in Parliament. Joining chorus with their AP counterparts, the pink party members too created a ruckus in the House, asking the Centre to fulfil promises made to both the states at the time of bifurcation, including granting of SCS for AP.


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