Even as YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is getting ready for his 3,000 km long marathon padayatra from Idupulapaya to Itchapuram from November 6, highlighting among other things the demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh, the organisations with the same demand have decided to intensify their movement to bring pressure on the state and the centre.
A roundtable on Special Category Status organised by AP Pratyeka Hoda, Vibhajana Haameela Sadhana Samiti held in Vijaywada on Friday passed a resolution to take up Chalo Assembly agitation with the support of left parties, the Congress, YSRCP and other non-ruling parties soon.
Lashing out at the Centre for neglecting Andhra Pradesh, Pratyeka Hoda Samiti president Chalasani Srinivas alleged that the Centre was giving peanuts to the state which lost heavily due to bifurcation. It had completely ignored the promises made in the bifurcation act.
He pointed out that the Central funds allocation to AP was just 0.4 per cent under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
“While the total allocation during the first six months of current financial year was Rs 18,002 crore, AP was given a meagre Rs 71 crore,” he said and added the allocation was a slap on the face of those who have been ignoring Special Category Status issue and looking at packages to the State.
CPI secretary Ramakrishna flayed the State government for its failure to get funds from the Centre. None of the promises made by the BJP were fulfilled, he said and added Special Category Status could be possible only with the united fight of political parties.
Ramakrishna said he would consult other party leaders to announce the exact date for Chalo Assembly stir.
YSRCP city working committee president Malladi Vishnu opined there would be no impact even if protesters call for Chalo Delhi.
The State government should treat the issue as a fight for self-respect of Telugu people. The State government should be exposed for its failure to fulfil poll promises, he added.
YSRCP city president Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao said that his party’s private bill on the SCS would come for discussion in parliament soon.