First Thing When We Come To Power In 2019, We Will Give Andhra Pradesh Special Status: Rahul Gandhi

| March 6 , 2018 , 15:20 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met with protesting MPs of the Telugu Desam Party that had been demanding a Special Status for Andhra Pradesh, as was promised during the time of its bifurcation in 2014.

After meeting party workers protesting for Andhra Pradesh's special category status, Rahul Gandhi addressed the gathering, emphasising support for their cause.

"Our stance has been very clear, we are for special category status for Andhra," said Rahul Gandhi.

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"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 at once," he said.

Since the presentation of the Union Budget 2018 on February 1 missed out on any special allocation package for Andhra Pradesh, TDP MPs have increased their protests, pausing briefly for the break in Parliament, but resumed from Monday as the second-leg of the Parliament Budget Session began.

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh resulted in the state losing a large part of its revenue as Hyderabad became the capital of Telangana. As a result, in the A.P. Reorganisation Act on February 20, 2014 then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the 'Special Category Status' (SCS) would be “extended to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh for a period of five years.”

However, the status was not granted to Andhra Pradesh, leading to protests.