Special Status Demand Has The Potential To Decide The Status of TDP, BJP
Amaravati: The Special Category Status demand for Andhra Pradesh has all the potential to decide the status of the ruling combine Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While the beleaguered Congress is continuously pursuing the demand for the special category status to the State in the Parliament, the demand is slowly getting support from other parties. This time the parties even those from Telangana State backing the demand.
The Opposition YSR Congress has backed the demand is mounting pressure on the Center to fulfill the promise made in the Parliament and even during the election campaign at Tirupati. The YSR Congress had already threatened to quit the Parliament if the demand is not accepted. The support extended by the Telangana Rastra Samithi MPs had put the ruling BJP in a major trouble. TRS MP K Kesava Rao had put the BJP in a fix by quoting a statement of RBI former governor and 14th Finance Commission chairman Y V Reddy who had denied to have recommended against special category status to any State. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan too is in favour of the special category status and had been raising the demand and had even issued a warning to pull out of the NDA. The CPI and the CPI-M too have joined now both in the State level and at the Central level. CPI’s MP and senior leader D Raja too had insisted on the BJP fulfilling its election promise, besides honouring the promise of the government inside the Parliament.
The united voice of the Opposition parties and the exposure of the BJP shifting the blame on the 14th Finance Commission is clearly understood by the people, particularly the youth in Andhra Pradesh who have pinned their hopes on the status. They were told repeatedly by the TDP-BJP combine during the elections that the status would bring more industries and investment to the State that would create employment opportunities. Now, by dropping status and announcing package, the governments have closed the doors for industries and the employment opportunities. This realization is rallying the youth and people together in the State and voluntary gathering of the people at every meeting and every activity in support of special category status is an indication to show how serious people are towards the demand.
If the TDP-BJP combine fail to fulfill the promise and give the special category status to the State, they would, for sure, be shown their place in the 2019 elections. The general public and the youth are not ready to buy any argument of the TDP-BJP against special category status. “Package is a fund that would come from the Central government. But status is an opportunity, besides funds, that would attract investments and industries to the State. The package would not bring industries,” is all what the people in the State argue in support of the demand for the special package and neither the TDP nor the BJP have an answer for this. With the demand gaining momentum in Parliament, it has the potential to be the single point agenda of the voters for the 2019 elections that would certainly be against the ruling combine. If the ruling combine understands this strong sentiment of the people, it still has the chance to correct its stand and give special category status that was in existence in 11 States as on June 2, 2014, the day of bifurcation. It is now to be seen if the BJP-TDP stand by their promise or blamed and punished for cheating the voters.