YSR Congress MPs to resign if special status not given to AP

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The Andhra Pradesh government has been demanding a special category status (SCS) for the state, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi has lent support to the cause.

With all political parties in Andhra Pradesh now batting for a special category status (SCS) for the State, the BJP is finding itself on a sticky wicket. "We will support AP leaders in Parliament tomorrow", Singh said.

Last month's parliament sessions too were disrupted by the politicians from Andhra Pradesh who have been demanding the government to fulfill the promises made to the state in 2014.

"The first thing we will do when we come to power in 2019 is give Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh".

"I am confident that if we stand together we will convince the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them", he added. "We require 50 signatures and even if we do that there will be a debate for a day or so and till the next six months we may not be able to talk about it", an MLC said quoting him.

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When the bifurcation process was ongoing, the Union Cabinet of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government made a decision to bestow Special Category Status to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh.

He said activists of Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress and the Congress have already left for the National Capital.

Stating that the BJP is their ally party, Naidu said that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are holding a peaceful agitation. "The suffering was compounded by other issues facing the new state including a revenue deficit, skewed income and asset distribution, lack of R&D institutions".

At an unscheduled appearance at a protest gathering here, Gandhi said the Congress, if voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, would accord the state the central government package as promised after Telangana was created out of an undivided Andhra.