Statewide protests against Government

In protest against the Chief Minister's
indifference towards the special status, the Opposition YSR Congress Party has
called for an intensified fight for achieving its demand. The party president
YS Jaganmohan Reddy called upon people of the state to join hands with him in
the fight for special status. Jagan said the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu
Naidu had compromised on the special status demand to get out of the criminal
charges he is facing in various issues such as cash-for-vote case in which his
role was established beyond doubt.

"The Prime Minister not even
mentioning the special status is nothing but an insult to five crore people of
the state,"Jaganmohan Reddy said in a media release.

 YS Jaganmohan Reddy said people of AP had big
hopes on the PM that he would make an announcement at the Amaravati foundation
laying ceremony. "But the prime minister conveniently ignored the special
status, nor did Chandrababu Naidu remind him of the issue," he said and
charged the CM of deliberately avoiding the issue only to save his skin. He
said the PM only brought some soil from the parliament premises and water from
the river Yamuna which flows alongside Delhi for the foundation of the new
capital and spoke all sweet talk without any concrete assurance," the
Opposition leader said. He lashed out at Chandrababu Naidu for avoiding the
mention of special status.

Demanding special status for AP, the YSRCP
has been conducting series of protests and Jaganmohan Reddy had recently gone
on an indefinite fast in Guntur which was foiled by the government on seventh
day as his health condition deteriorated seriously. In the wake of Prime
Minister's indifference on special status, Jaganmohan Reddy called upon people
of the state to continue the struggle until the demand is achieved. The YSRCP
believes that the people of AP would benefit in terms of jobs, industrial and
economic growth only with a special status as the state suffered a setback
after the bifurcation into AP and Telangana.



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