Rahul Gandhi To Address Public Meeting At Guntur On June 4

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.

Amaravati: The Congress, which had bifurcated the State in the most unprecedented manner, is now set to intensify its fight for getting Special Category Status (SCS). The Congress having lost its ground in the State after bifurcation, now finds the SCS as the only medicine that could help in revival of the party.

The Congress leaders have been holding on to the SCS issue right from the beginning and its MPs have been raising the issue to be alive. Its senior leader and MP K V P Ramachandra Rao had moved a private member bill in Rajya Sabha seeking SCS for the State. After repeated postponements andA� a prolonged debate, the Rajya Sabha had left the bill to be finalized by the Lok Sabha Speaker calling it a finance bill.

Later on, the Congress leaders in the State went on collecting one crore signatures across the 13 districts of the State seeking SCS. The signatures were sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make him understand the need.

Now, having completed this, the Congress had mobilized support of 14 parties at the national level to support the AP demand for SCS. The AP Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy who has been keeping the SCS demand alive claimed that the 14 parties are ready to support the SCS demand in the Parliament if the issue was taken up.

Raghuveera Reddy who planned the meeting said that the leaders of the 14 national parties would speak at Guntur meeting along with the AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress wants to use the issue to make a comeback to the State Assembly in the next elections. People across the State are ready to rally together only on the SCS demand on which the BJP and the TDP have gone back. Though the BJP had come forward with the special package in place of the SCS, people in the State are not accepting it and still asking for the SCS.

Originally the meeting was planned to be held at Bhimavaram in West Godavari district. But since there was not enough adequate ground support from the local leaders, the venue was shifted to Guntur, Raghuveera Reddy said.

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