The YSRCP chief said the situation would have been different had the BJP not got a clear majority at the Centre. “If the BJP would’ve been limited to 250 seats, we wouldn’t have had to depend so much on the central government. But now, they don’t need us. We did what we could do and told him (PM) of our situation,” Jagan Reddy said.
Jagan Mohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister-designate, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sunday. YSR Congress Party chief discussed several issues with PM Modi, particularly the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
After the meeting, PM Modi tweeted: “Had an excellent meeting with Andhra Pradesh’s CM designate Jagan Reddy. We had a fruitful interaction on several issues pertaining to AP’s development. Assured him all possible support from the Centre during his term.”
Jagan Reddy made the special category status as the theme around which his campaign would be built. He had even promised to support anyone at the Centre who was ready to give the state Special Status, should the NDA alliance lands up with a fractured verdict or a slim margin.
His party YSRCP has won all 22 of the state’s 25 Lok Sabha seats while bagging 152 of the Andhra Pradesh’s 175 assembly seats, winning the race for the state.
After the meeting, Reddy said in a press conference, “Today was the first meeting with PM. God willing I’ll probably meet him maybe 30, 40, 50 times over these 5 years. I’ll make it a point to remind him every time, of special category status…As long as we keep reminding, things will change.”
Jagan Reddy also invited PM Modi for his swearing in ceremony.
The special category status has been a contentious issue. It was promised to the state by the erstwhile UPA government in 2013 when Telangana was carved out of it, and the state capital Hyderabad was granted to the new state.
It has become major political in the state that led to a wipeout of the Congress from the state and five years later, and evidently, for Chandrababu Naidu’s Telegu Desam Party (TDP) as well.
The same issue led to the TDP, pulling out of the NDA in March 2018. Naidu had accused the BJP of backing out from a promise to confer special category status on the state.
However, The BJP had cited the 14th Finance Commission’s report to say that Andhra Pradesh could not be granted special category status.
“One thing I can tell you — I have nothing against Chandrababu Naidu. My duty is that of a custodian. Today I’m going to promise you our government will be revolutionary. Within six months or one year, I’ll make sure this government stands as example to the country”, said Reddy.