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Jagan says YSR Congress MPs will quit on April 6 for Andhra’s special category status

The Special Category Status was one of the major promises made by the UPA in Parliament while passing the AP Reorganisation Act on February 20, 2014.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2018 20:32 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy (centre, holding a microphone) addressing a rally in Nellore district on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

All the MPs belonging to YSR Congress party will resign from their parliamentary membership on April 6, if the National Democratic Alliance government does not concede special category status to Andhra Pradesh by then, party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy announced on Tuesday.

“The budget session of Parliament, which is resuming on March 5, will continue till April 6. Our party MPs will continue their fight all through the session and make all out efforts to bring pressure on the Centre to grant special category status to AP. If there is no response from the Centre even after our best efforts, the YSRC MPs will submit their resignations,” Jagan said, addressing a massive rally at Kalikiri in Nellore district.

The YSRC president held an emergency meeting of his party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders after the conclusion of his padayatra on Monday evening and discussed the strategy to be adopted by the party in the wake of the growing unrest among the people over the raw deal meted out to AP in the Union budget.

The YSRC won eight Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 elections, but two of them switched over to the TDP and another MP has chosen to remain neutral. It has one MP in Rajya Sabha. The Special Category Status was one of the major promises made by the UPA in Parliament while passing the AP Reorganisation Act on February 20, 2014.

Jagan said the party would adopt the slogan of “Hoda mana hakku, package tho mosapovaddu” (Special category status is our right; don’t get cheated with special financial package). On March 1, our party leaders and cadre would lay siege to all the collector offices in the state and also at the CM’s office in Vijayawada demanding the state should refuse to accept the special financial package and instead stick to the special category status demand.

On March 3 Jagan will hold a meeting with his MPs and flag off their journey to New Delhi with the slogan demanding special category status to AP. On March 5, when the Parliament reassembles for the budget session, the YSRC MPs would lead a march of more than a thousand Andhra people from Ekta Sthal to culminate in a protest outside Parliament House.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 20:00 IST