Rahul Promises SCS For AP, Blames Naidu, Modi
Guntur: AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi had promised that the next government headed by the Congress would grant Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh on priority. He blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for betraying people by going back on the SCS, a promise that was made by the two parties during the last elections at Tirupati. He also found fault with the BJP-TDP combine for going back on the SCS promise that was made by the then Prime Minister on the floor of Parliament, the temple of Democracy.
He wondered how Prime Minister Modi had gone back on the promise which he had made at Tirupati, the abode of Lord Balaji in the holy town. He also alleged that Modi who claims to be the protector and champion of Hindu faith had even betrayed the people in the very presence of Lord Balaji.
He also critcised Chandrababu Naidu for not allowing the Central government to construct the Polavaram project. He alleged that Naidu was making huge money from the funds that are flowing from the Center in the name of Polavaram.
Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, CPI secretary general S Sudhakar Reddy, senior leaders Sharad Yadav, DMK leader Elangovan, RJD leader Jayaprakash Yadav, CPI leader D Raja and others spoke emphasizing the need to fulfill a promise that was made to the people in Parliament and during the elections. They said that they would stand by the people of AP in their fight for the SCS till the demand is fulfilled.
APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy who took the initiative to organize the meet thanked people for their support. Former Union Minister J D Seelam read out the messages of CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, TMC leader Mamata Benerji, National Conference leader Farooq Abdulla and others who have extended support to the APa��s demand for the SCS.
Interestingly, Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan, too had tweeted extending support to the Congress-sponsored meeting for the SCS.
Meanwhile, the TDP leaders in the State held protests holding black flags opposing the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the State.