Escalating its fight for special status YSR Congress would launch an agitation demanding special status and will hold dharnas across the state on May 10 with Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy participating in the protest rally in East Godavari.
‘The statement of Union Minister of State for Finance Jayanth Sinha on the special status has clarity that it is not going to happen. The earlier statement in Rajya Sabha by another minister too was on similar lines and must have been emboldened by the failure of State to mount pressure on the Centre on the issue,’ party leader Botsa Satyanaranaya told reporters here on Thursday.
We have been very consistent on our demand for special status but the ruling TDP had accused us of stalling the development of the state, while special status would pave way for development with industries coming in as the status would come with incentives and provide job opportunities.
The State has never bothered to highlight the importance of the special status, which has the cabinet nod and was assured in the Parliament and BJP MPs along with Chandrababu Naidu before the polls have promised to increase the term of special status from five to ten years.
After coming to power they fell silent and Chandrababu Naidu, who was caught red-handed in the cash for vote case, remained silent and continues to be in the coalition and his two MPs are not withdrawn from the cabinet, despite the periodical statements from union ministers watering down the special status issue.
The union ministers have taken a cue from the Chief Minister who himself spoke ill about the special status and we have drafted an action plan to launch an agitation to mount pressure on the State and Central governments on the issue.
On May 10 our party leaders will hold dharnas at district collector offices across the state and our President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will take part in the dharna at East Godavari collectorate. We will submit representation demanding the Centre to accord special status and also honour all assurances given during the bifurcation of the state and will intensify the agitation, he said.
Chandrababu Naidu has been looking after his personal interests and ignoring state interests, he said.
Meanwhile, Ambati Rambabu addressing a separate press conference at Guntur said that Chandrababu Naidu will not be excused by the people of the state for letting them down on the special status issue.
‘We demand that the TDP ministers should be withdrawn from the cabinet to mount pressure on NDA government if Chandrababu Naidu is serious,’ he said.
In a separate press conference, senior leader Dharmana Prasada Rao said that the Chief Minister has come to the most backward district of Srikakulam and left the people highly disappointed as there was no promise of any major industry or venture.