N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (AP,) asked K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR,) the CM of Telangana, to support the granting of the Special Category Status (SCS) to AP.
Mr. Naidu asked KCR to write a letter to the Central Government, stating the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is in support of the SCS being assigned to Andhra Pradesh.
The SCS is a major issue for the people of Andhra Pradesh since the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The TDP approached the Central Government regarding the SCS issue, however, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused to consider the demand and give the SCS.
Naidu also asked KCR to withdraw all the cases filed against the Polavaram Project by the evening of the 9th of April.
The Polavaram Project is a multipurpose irrigation project, situated on the Godavari river, in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The project is under construction and was designed as a solution to the scarcity of water in the State.
With the completion of the Polavaram Project, approximately 4 crore people of the State would be benefited in the field of irrigation.
After the allegations and demand of the Naidu led TDP, the TRS, on the 8th of April, announced, it will support the demand of granting of the SCS to Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a public rally in Vikarabad, Telangana, KCR said, “Our MPs have already supported the Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. We will continue to support. Our party and Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s (YSR) Party together will get around 35 or 36 seats (out of 42 in the two states together) and we will fight for the SCS.”
KCR said, though the TDP cursed Hyderabad and the TRS, the MPs of the TRS will support the SCS demand.
The KCR led TRS also extended its support to the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and is campaigning for the YSRCP, ahead of the AP Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Andhra Pradesh will contest a total of 175 seats and 25 seats in the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections respectively. The elections in the State are scheduled on the 11th of April.
The major parties contesting the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are the YSRCP, the JanaSena Party and the TDP.
The results of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections will be declared on the 23rd of May 2019.
Stay tuned for further updates about the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and Lok Sabha elections.