Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday demanded State's Special Category Status (SCS) and also drew attention to the other issues, questioning the Central Government over non delivery of several assurances given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The list of party members that Naidu met in the Parliament's central hall are- Sharad Pawar (NCP), Farooq Abdullah (J-K NC), Saugata Roy (TMC), Supriya Sule (NCP), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress), Jitender Reddy (TRS), M Veerappa Moily (Congress) and Rajiv Satav (Congress).
Naidu is meeting opposition leaders to drum up support on pressuring the Centre to give a special category status to Andhra. Naidu also held talks with leaders of the AIADMK, the DMK and the Shiv Sena.
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On Tuesday, Naidu met leaders of various political parties including Congress, Trinamool Congress and NCP and vowed to defeat the saffron party in the next Lok Sabha polls. "Ours was a pre-election alliance and it was a collective mandate that we got", he said.
"You are giving (special category status) to 11 states, you had promised that means you are going back on your word".
In Madhya Pradesh, at least six people died as the nationwide bandh called by various Dalit outfits against the dilution of the SC/ST Act turned violent. "I joined the NDA only to implement the bifurcation act, announcing injustice has been done to Andhra Pradesh". Even though he blamed both the BJP and Congress for the state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh, the chief minister said the BJP bore greater responsibility because it had failed to deliver on its promise. "Naidu will have to reach out to the Congress and other parties as once the budget session ends, the YSR Congress will step up political pressure by its MPs quitting Parliament and sitting on an indefinite hunger strike", said party sources. It has also moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government over the issue. "Then why not to Andhra Pradesh?" he asked. "We never attack people, We never attack erstwhile friends as is being done by the TDP".
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Soon after the Telugu Desam Party chief accused the Centre of "mud-slinging" and working to damage his credibility, the BJP fielded Union minister Prakash Javadekar to counter him.
Reiterating the Centre's commitment towards the development of Andhra Pradesh, Javadekar ridiculed Naidu's politics.
The chief minister also had discussions with Hema Malini, Manohar Joshi and Jayant Sinha of the BJP and shared images of his meetings on his Twitter profile.
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