Once again the special category status for the state of Andhra Pradesh has become a bone of contention between BJP led Modi government and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led By Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu. It shall be noted that TDP and BJP had parted ways in 2018 setting the tone for 2019 Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and for the Lok Sabha polls. TDP accused BJP of breaking promises and exited from Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre. The BJP, in turn, termed the break up by TDP a case of political opportunism and pulled out its ministers from Andhra Pradesh government.
Once again, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condemned the Modi government and is sitting on a day-long fast in Delhi seeking special category status for the state and fulfilment of other commitments made by the Centre at the time of state’s bifurcation. The fast is expected to turn out to be a grand show of unity of opposition parties with 21 leaders expressing their solidarity for Naidu’s cause.
Naidu who is accompanied by Party legislators and ministers along with the state employee associations, social and student organisations will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12. Naidu’s strike comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state at a public rally in Guntur on February 10.