Congress to hold Peoplesa�� ballot on special category status

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Congress would conduct peoplesa�� ballot on Special Category Status in all the 175 Assembly constituencies in the State. This would be held fromA�March 5 to 30, said APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy.

The APCC president who chaired a meeting of the party district and urban units presidents and members of the partya��s demonetization, announced at a news conference later in the evening, said that the party leaders would conduct the open ballot on special category status. He said that the party in the State had collected one crore signatures in the past on the same issue. This time in the peoplesa�� ballot, the Congress would collect the views of 2 crore people across the 13 districts, he added.

Raghuveera Reddy said that the meeting discussed at length about the Special Category Status promise that both the TDP and BJP during the 2014 elections and the partya��s betrayal by going back on the promise and proposing special package. He alleged that both the TDP and BJP have betrayed the people of the State by going back on the election promise. However, he said that the Congress would shoulder the responsibility and get the special category status to the State. The party had already collected signatures from people, introduced private member bill in Parliament and mobilized the support of 10 parties in Parliament for special category status.

The APCC president further said that the party would sensitize people on the demonetization in all the 175 Assembly constituencies fromA�March 5 to 15. He said that the thoughtless demonetization had caused severe damage to the people as the government had failed to take alternative measures after the demonetization. The Congress committees in the State would hold meetings to create awareness among people on demonetization problems, he said.

The Congress would also hold protests at the district Collectorates in the State onA�February 25A�in the State, Raghuveera said. These protests would explain the drinking water woes of the people and highlight prevailing drought conditions in the State and the indifferent attitude of the government.

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