Andhra Pradesh assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution requesting the Centre government to grant the special category status to the state.
The resolution moved by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party YSR Congress was adopted by voice note on the last day of the first session of the newly-elected Assembly.
As per some local media reports, Jagan, who led his YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to power last month, said the state needed the SCS and not a special package. He alleged that the previous government failed to safeguard the state’s interests by agreeing to the special package.
In the resolution, Jagan said, “The Union Cabinet that met on March 2, 2014, had resolved to accord the SCS to Andhra Pradesh and instructed the then Planning Commission to take expeditious action to implement the decision.”
Naidu said he visited New Delhi 29 times to take up the issue of the SCS but the Centre failed to fulfil its commitment.
He said now that the YSRCP has won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats, it should fight with the Centre for the SCS and assured the TDP’s support for it.
Jagan pointed out that the state was divided on the promise that the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh would be granted SCS. He wondered how Parliament could divide the state without fulfilling the promise made in the Parliament.
Meanwhile, as reported earlier, the centre has cleared bills to the tune of over Rs. 4,200 crores under three heads towards reimbursement of funds spent by the state government
This comes weeks after; the nation witnessed a newly born the bonhomie between PM Modi and CM Jagan, with both initially congratulating each other after victories in respective elections.
Just a few days after the general election results were declared; Jagan met Modi in the capital to discuss special category status. On June 15, Jagan met Amit Shah with same demands.
Remember, last year, former CM N. Chandrababu Naidu left the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), protesting against non-compliance of special status category demand. Ironically, the demand was promised by the BJP in the last general elections.
Naidu led nationwide protests for not fulfilling the promise. His MPs staged daily protests at the Parliament, mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi on occasions.