People from all walks of life, including all political parties except the ruling combine, have decided to protest in order to protect the historical Swaraj Maidan, the lung space for Vijayawada city.
AP CM kept the week busy with his Nava Nirmana Deeksha planned from June 2, the day of bifurcation of the State. The week-long event that starts at the Benz Center in Vijayawada would end at Kakinada on June 8, the day when Naidu assumed charge as CM.
The TDP and BJP leadership had decided to close the talk about the alliance till 2019. TDP chief Naidu had instructed the party leaders to keep the alliance talk aside. BJP AP unit president Haribabu too had asked his party leaders to defer the alliance talk till further notice.
AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public meeting at Guntur on June 4 to press for the Special Category Status (SCS) to the State. The Congress had mobilized support of 14 political parties across the country for the SCS and the leaders are likely to join the meeting.
CM Naidu has been denying the celebration of State Formation Day for the people of AP for the past three years. After bifurcation, he has been holding Nava Nirmana Deeksha from June 2 to 8 to brief people on the unjust bifurcation and this year too he is set to repeat it.
APCC chief Raghuveera Reddy had asked CM Naidu to clarify on Central government funds given to the State. He said Finance Minister Jaitely had admitted to have given Rs 10,500 crore to AP, while Amit Shah had claimed to have given Rs 1.75 lakh crore.
It looks like BJP has made up its mind to sever ties with the TDP in the State, if not immediately. The anti-Chandrababu Naidu leaders in BJP have finally gained an upper hand over his backers with the visit of Amit Shah to the State.
Congress leaders have held a protest march and set the effigy of BJP chief Amit Shah on fire holding him responsible for not giving the special category status to the State. The Congress leaders raised slogans against BJP, Amit Shah and PM Modi as Shah was enjoying his lunch at CM Naidu’s residence.
The BJP chief Amit Shah has claimed that the Modi government gave Rs 1.75 lakh crore to AP government in the last three years, besides giving 10 Central institutions, which was a record in the history of the state.
TS Chief Minister KCR had openly criticised BJP chief Amit Shah for his tall claims about Central funds to the State, while AP CM Naidu extended olive branch and offered lunch.
Senior leader Kavuri Sambasiva Rao argued against continuation of alliance with the TDP in AP while Chief Minister Naidu tried to cement the relations at least for the next two years.
Ahead of BJP chief Amit Shah’s one day visit to the State, the Congress leaders have lodged a complaint against him in the police station for betraying people on Special Category Status. The Congress leaders also held a protest march asking Shah to go back.
Dalit leader Kathi Padma Rao wrote a letter to President seeking his intervention in the AP Government’s proposal to close over 9,000 schools in the rural areas.
Leaders of farmers’ associations have opposed the visit of BJP chief Amit Shah to AP as BJP had failed to fulfil its promises given to the State during last elections.
The AP Congress leaders have met AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and are scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to plead for AP special status.
AP to fill 2,000 Group II and Group II posts in the state soon to speed up implementation of developmental works.
Vizag MP and AP BJP president Haribabu asserted that the party would expand its base in the state after Amit Shah’s visit on May 25. However, he reiterated that the BJP’s growth in AP would not disturb the alliance with the TDP.
The capital designs for Amaravati Government City, which were believed to be final, would have to undergo some more changes. The master designers, who have submitted the designs, were asked to make modifications and to come back in two weeks
As BJP ranks are gearing up for Amit Shah visit on May 25, the AP Congress had given a call to its ranks to hold protest demonstrations on the day on the plea that the BJP failed to fulfil the promise of Special Category Status and other facilities for AP.