Will give special status to AP if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

TDP breaks ties with BJP, pulls out of NDA

TDP MPs also continued to protest in front of the Gandhi Statue in Parliament, where they could be seen chanting "We want justice".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday backed Andhra Pradesh legislators who have been demanding a special financial package for the state, and urged the Centre to pay Andhra Pradesh its dues at once.

Since the presentation of the Union Budget 2018 on February 1 missed out on any special allocation package for Andhra Pradesh, TDP MPs have increased their protests, pausing briefly for the break in Parliament, but resumed from Monday as the second-leg of the Parliament Budget Session began. Later, when the protestors tried to conduct a rally to the Ministry of Home Affairs, police arrested them. "In spite of repeated requests and extending cooperation there is no reciprocation (from the centre)", TRS Lok Sabha MP (from Bhongir constituency) B. Narsaiah said.

Reportedly, nearly 95% of the assets of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh have gone to Telangana in the bifurcation as they are located in Hyderabad, which caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh state.

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Senior leaders of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and Left parties today expressed dismay over separate protests for "Special Category Status" to the state, saying the BJP government will note such "hostilities" and reject the demand. He added that the YSRCP is ready to join hands with the TDP in this protest. The Act mandates the centre to support the state in setting up ports, industrial complexes, infrastructure for the new capital city, irrigation projects, a railway zone and educational institutes.

Apart from the YSRCP, the centre will also face the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which has also chose to continue its "fight" to ensure that all the promises made to AP during its bifurcation from Telangana in 2014 are fulfilled. This shows the perverse demand for central government sops.

On its part, the TDP has made a decision to stick to its demands, which was decided at a meeting held with all of its MPs and other leaders on 2 March in Amaravati. Rahul Gandhi said it was time to fulfil the promise. TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held an opinion poll among the MLAs and MLCs on the attitude to be adopted towards the Centre. This will bring IT industries, manufacturing units and start-ups to the state, leading to job opportunities for lakhs of youths.

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