Special status to Andhra: Rahul urges parties to unite

NEW DELHI
9 Feb 2018

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today called upon all political parties to unite on the issue of grant of special status for Andhra Pradesh and other demands, including the speedy completion of the Polavaram project. "The Congress supports the just demands of the people of Andhra Pradesh for special category status and speedy completion of the Polavaram project. It's time for all parties to unite on this issue and support this call for justice," he tweeted.Various parties have been raising the demand in both Houses of Parliament, leading to disruptions. The Congress and the TDP, which is part of the ruling NDA, have been at the forefront of protests inside and outside Parliament for granting special status to Andhra Pradesh. They have also been pressing for early fulfilment of all their demands as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, after the bifurcation of the state.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha members from Andhra Pradesh including NDA ally TDP continued their protest demanding a special package for the state. When the House met for the day and papers were laid on the table, KVP Ramachandra Rao (Cong) walked into the Well of the House holding a banner that read: "Implement Special Category Status, Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, assurance given by PM on 20.02.2014."  A group of TDP members soon joined him with their own placards and shouted slogans like "we want justice."  Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked members to return to their seats so that the zero hour could be taken up. With members refusing to heed to his requests, Naidu said he had two options before him - adjourn the house or name the MPs. Derek O'Brien (TMC) urged the chair to take action against MPs so that the Zero Hour and further discussion on the Union Budget could take place. Satyavrat Chaturvedi (Cong) too urged Naidu to take action so that the zero hour could be taken up.(PTI)