Hyderabad, July 30: The YSR Congress Party will hold a dharna on August 10 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against the delay in sanctioning the Special status to Andhra Pradesh and to highlight the TDP Government’s indifference on the issue.
“Though our Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has time and again brought the issue to the notice of the concerned authorities in Delhi there was no response and the State Government has been silent on the issue for reasons not known. Hence we have decided to hold a dharna in Delhi on August 10,” party leaders Pilli Subashchandra Bose and Jyothula Nehru told reporters here on Thursday.
YSRCP President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will lead the dharna and later, accompanied by Party MPs, MLCs, MLAs and other leaders, will march to the Parliament, they said. The special status issue was raised by BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, who wanted it to be extended to ten years and not five years, while the then Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh has assured of special status. Our state can develop industrially and on other fronts only if the special status is accorded.
“As the TDP government is not taking any initiative, we will pursue the matter by holding a dharna,” they said adding that perhaps Andhra Pradesh is the only State in the country which has no capital in its territory.
Earlier, Jagan Mohan Reddy held a meeting with the party leaders and discussed the political developments in which the special status and the strategy for the ensuing assembly session were discussed, they said. “The TDP Government should fulfill its promises and assurances before the commencement of the monsoon session so that other issues can be taken up for discussing instead of talking about the unfulfilled promises,’ Deputy floor leader Nehru said.
It has been a talking tall government with little or no deeds and has been constantly downsizing the welfare schemes. In the Hudhud cyclone about 1.34 lakh houses were damaged in three districts of the state but the State has sanctioned only 10, 000 houses. The number of pensioners and ration cards are drastically cut down so is the number of people receiving ex-gratia for giving up their land, he said. (INN)