The opposition YSR Congress has called for a state-wide band (shutdown) in Andhra Pradesh today in protest against the alleged failure of the TDP government to get a special status to the state. The Congress and the Left have extended their support to the bandh.
Meanwhile, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has also decided to continue its protest for the special status. The party’s MPs will stage a dharna at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament today against the Centre’s refusal to grant the special status.
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The YSR Congress, the principal opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, has appealed to the people to take part in the bandh and express their protest over the failure of the BJP in according the Special Category Status to the state.
The Congress, the CPI and the CPM have extended their support to the bandh.
“Then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made several promises, including grant of special status, to Andhra Pradesh during bifurcation in 2014. It is the responsibility of the central government to fulfil those promises,” CPM politburo member Prakash Karat said.
Meanwhile, unhappy over the Centre’s stand, the ruling TDP – a member of the BJP-led NDA government – is continuing its protest against the Centre over the special status.
On Monday too, TDP parliamentarians had staged protests both inside and outside Parliament. They tried to disrupt the proceedings in the Lok Sabha.
TDP Lok Sabha MPs rushed to the Speaker’s podium, demanding that the government fulfill its commitments under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
The TDP decided to launch its protest after Finance Minister Arun Jaitely told the Rajya Sabha last week that Andhra Pradesh can’t be granted special status but the Centre would handhold the state until it became economically stable.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, on Monday met PM Modi to brief him on the developments in the state.
Naidu is believed to have conveyed to Modi that growing distance with an ally would not be good for the coalition. The TDP has two ministers in the Union ministry.
The fissures between BJP and TDP are being seen as so serious that there is speculation that the party led by N Chandrababu Naidu could even walk out of the NDA.