TDP Parliamentary Party to press for legal sanctity to AP package

  • YSR Congress continues to oppose it

 Dara Gopi

Amaravati:  The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has given orientation to its MPs to exert pressure on the Central government to give legal sanctity for the Special Package announced in lieu of Special Category Status promised to the State at the time of bifurcation. The TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, party national general secretary Nara Lokesh met the party MPs and gave them the schedule to get the legal sanction for the package.

Emerging out of the TDP Parliamentary Party meeting with Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh, Union Minister Y S Chowdary told the waiting media persons that the Special Category Status is a thing of the past and it is now time for the people to ask for legal sanctity to the package.

Meanwhile, the main Opposition party in the State, YSR Congress, which had held its Parliamentary Party meeting in Hyderabad last week, had resolved to mount pressure on the Central government for the special category status instead of the special package. Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had already declared that his party MPs would quit after the budget session.

The YSR Congress MPs have renewed their demand for the special category status to the State and is set to intensify agitation as the youth in the State is fighting for the cause that is being supported by YSR Congress. Given the mood of the youth and a cross section of people in the State, the YSR Congress wants to cash in on it by not compromising on the issue.

Having renewed the demand for the special category status, the YSR Congress party MPs reiterated their decision to quit the Parliament after raising the issue in both the Houses after the budget session.

The Congress has already mobilised support from the 11 national and regional parties in the Parliament for the special category status demand. Congress MP, KVP Ramachandra Rao’s private member bill for the same is pending before the Lok Sabha Speaker. The Congress is set to push its move in the next session and thus mount pressure on the Centre, keeping both the TDP and the BJP in trouble.

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