Special status can only ensure devp. of AP

Only granting of the special category
status to Andhra Pradesh, as promised during its bifurcation last year, would
help the state in its comprehensive development and not any development
packages that may come from Centre.

A day after YSRCP staged a dharna in
New Delhi, TDP(Telugu Desam Party) started its fire-fighting exercise
with few (of its) MPs and a minister meeting Union finance minister Arun Jaitley who
gave no categorical assurance but only spoke that the Centre may consider of
giving a special package in the days to come.

"There will be no let up in our agitation seeking
special status and the August 29 bandh is the next step to mount pressure on
the Centre to accord special status. It is only with the special status that
the State will develop industrially and the economy will take off towards
development with people getting jobs and quality of life improving," stated
by YSRCP senior leader.

The promise of special status was made to Seemandhra (new
Andhra Pradesh) by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament during
bifurcation last year which created Telangana. 

Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh had recently said in Parliament in his reply
to a query from a Bihar member that the special status would not be given to
states any more. 

The opposition YSRCP has since stepped up their agitation for realising the
promise of special status. The issue took an emotional turn with a young man allegedly
setting himself on fire at a public meeting   at
Tirupati last week in support of the special status issue. The man later
succumbed to the burns.

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