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Mekapati says Naidu knew of Centre’s apathy to AP special status issue

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Accusing Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of changing tack on the issue of special status issue, YSRCP MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy has expressed doubts if he was already tipped off about the Centre’s reluctance to award special status.

Speaking to the media on Monday at Parliament, Mekapti said: “During the elections, Chandrababu wanted special state status for 15 years. Now, he says it’s not a panacea for AP’s problems. The Union Finance Minister has pointblank said that it was not possible to give Special Status. The people are angry and are ready to throw the BJP and the TDP into the dustbin.” During the elections, Chandrababu wanted special state status for 15 years. Now, he says it’s not a panacea for AP’s problems. The Union Finance Minister has point blank said that it was not possible to give Special Status. The people are angry and are ready to throw the BJP and the TDP into the dustbin.

YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has appealed to all sections of the society to take part in the bandh on August 2 to protest against the denial of special status for AP. Mekapati said Naidu made several false promises during the election campaign. Now, Chandrababu says Jaitley’s statement is painful. Both the parties BJP and TDP are non-committal on the special status for AP.

Ongole MP YV Subba Reddy said TDP MPs were making mischief in the House. “We’re raising slogans in the well, but TDP MPs were displaying placards, while standing at their respective places. The YSRCP MPs on Monday disrupted Lok Sabha session. MPs gave adjournment motion on the issue, and demanded for discussion on special status. YSRCP MPs raised slogans in the well of Lok Sabha and displayed placards demanding special status for AP.

Taking objection to this, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has assured MPs to speak during Zero hour. Mahajan asked YSRCP MPs not to display placards in the House. However, not satisfied with the Speaker’s assurance, MPs continued their protests. (NSS)

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