AP Bandh On Saturday
- Assembly stalled by YCP
- GST Bill Introduced
Hyderabad: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, YSRCP leader and the leader of opposition in AP Assembly, gave a call for total bandh on Saturday as a protest against the Centre’s decision to deny Special Status. Assembly was not allowed to function during the first day of three-day session. YSRCP members kept shouting slogans from well of the House. A couple of members even stood on the podium on either side of Speaker Dr Kodela Siva Prasad.
GST Bill was introduced in midst of din.
YSRCP MLAs walked to the Assembly from the statue of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu after paying obeisance to the first chief minister of Andhra State. All of the wore black dress as a sign of sorrow for not getting Special Status. They shouted slogans like ‘pratyeka hoda Andhrula Hakku’.
There were angry protests and demonstrations in almost all the districts in AP. The Left parties also would be joining the YSRCP in enforcing bandh. Congress party organised demonstrations at various places.
AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu spoke in both the Houses explaining the stand of his government on the special assistance. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in a joint media conference late in the night on Wednesday said that the Centre is not in a position to accord special status to AP in view of several constraints. In lieu of special status, the Centre would be giving special help to fulfil the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act. Chandrababu Naidu had welcome Jaitley’s statement on Wednesday night soon after Jaitley’s press conference was over. CM Naidu said the State is not in a position to reject the package offered by the Centre. He said he welcomed Finance Minister’s announcement offering special assistance hoping to demand more assistance in future. The offer made by Jaitley was reasonable, he said.
Jagan Mohan Reddy and other opposition leaders flatly rejected the argument. They accused both the Centre and the State government for cheating the people of AP through false promises and utter lies. They said Chandrababu Naidu knew long ago that the State is not going to get Special Status and he and the central leaders slowly and steadily prepared the people to receive the shocking decision.
Venkaiah Naidu held a rather prolonged media conference explaining various aspects of Centre’s assistance and his stand on a separate railway zone. The State has been simmering with anger. The opposition parties and the government are gearing up to the bandh.